Is Everything New Again?
As I mentioned last week, I have started walking on the beach at sunrise again. This is something that I enjoyed for years and then somehow stopped doing for some unknown reason.
The fact is, I realized on my first day back just how much I had missed it and it got me wondering what else I have allowed to slip from my life. Some things like swimming and fencing (yes the kind with a foil and a mask) I am just as glad I stopped doing.
The fencing was a brief phase that I went through. I thought it would be “elegant” for some unknown reason; but truth be told sword fighting is an aggressive form of mortal combat regardless of how nice the outfit looks. And as for the swimming, well let’s just say I have established that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Although I once spent close to four hours a day in the pool – I am now not interested in wading in past my ankles.
Then there was my baking craze … if it contained chocolate I made it and then I consumed it daily (particularly brownies) and I was twice as crazed at Christmas… chocolate Ywel log, chocolate orange bunt cake, white chocolate mousse pie, chocolate fudge cupcakes, chocolate merlot sauce, and molten chocolate mousse cake … those were the days.
Needless to say my tastes have matured but I could still be persuaded that a hefty slab of birthday cake is the answer to all of life’s problems … except … I don’t want a cupcake shaped figure and so this is regrettably gone too. (Ok, not really, but I do try to only indulge on Thursdays these days!)
Gardening however, is another matter. I discovered a few years ago just how much I like gardening when I made the disastrous mistake of trying to live in a condo. Let me just say, trees are meant to be viewed from the ground up – there is absolutely nothing comforting about looking at them from the top down. I don’t know what I was thinking – I felt like a fish trapped in a glass bowl and it was all I could do to stay there for a year.
These days I get outside every chance I get – I am just as happy sitting on my patio at 4:00 am with a blanket and a steaming bowl of coffee as I am at 2:00 in the afternoon. I really don’t think I could ever get too much fresh air.
There is a Japanese expression “A garden is never done”; and it is for this precise reason that I love gardening so much. There is always something to do … trim a hedge, pull weeds, move rocks … hmm … this might also be the same reason that so many other people hate gardening. Oh well, to each their own!
And that, I suppose is the point. If you want to be happier, figure out what it is that you love to do and do it a lot.