Happy almost weekend!
Taking a pause from kitty pictures momentarily to share what else is going on in my little corner of the world.
After spending many moments thinking about all the things I used to do and miss I decided it was time to literally get back on the horse again. This past week I started taking horseback riding lessons and got back in a pool. I consider myself a relatively active and happy person, but my routine has gotten a bit stale as has my environment. I need, like any living breathing thing, stimulation. The happiness from the hours I spend on horseback and swimming laps will permeate into the rest of my days and add a healthy dose of pleasure.
I had a conversation last night with one of my oldest friends. We were talking about the difference between taking care of one’s self and selfishness. The latter is ugly, the former is necessary. The former is about not waiting until every single thing has been completed on your to-do list, about tossing guilt into an imaginary paper sack on the side of the road (no real littering folks!!). It is about a careless afternoon wandering through bookstores and having lunch at your favorite diner. It is about taking yourself to the movies. It is about reading a book on a bench in the sun. It is about going to a baseball game sipping beer and eating one of those divine pretzels covered in mustard. It is about putting on your favorite music, pouring yourself a glass of wine and reorganizing your closet. And so much more.
Better Late Than Never
I finally started paying attention to podcasts. Talk about late to the party. I love The Kitchen Sisters Fugitive Waves and Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy. The former chronicles hidden bits of history and subjects who have shaped our diverse cultural landscape. The latter tells stories of people and place in the American South through food.
Be humble. Be courteous. Behave yourself (inside voices). Be friendly. Be modest. Say “please” and “thank you” always.
Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution – a site for introverts. Let the education begin.
*Note, on the social media front….I removed myself officially from Facebook. I privatized my Instagram account. Deleted several boards from my Pinterest account. And, am only holding onto Twitter as I love it for a research tool.
For the longest time I have been observing this world we live in – and how the smartest, kindest, bravest people I know are caught up in social media. These computerized tools have turned them – and for a time me too – into affirmation addicts. We post something and constantly check to see how many people have liked or commented on said post. After realizing this was not healthy and a giant waste of time I came to two conclusions (1) The reality of most social media feeds – pictures are posed, professionally lit, styled…they are not real – they are the best outtakes = they are no more real often times than the models on the pages of Vogue magazine. (2) The things I enjoy – that bring richness to my life – are not technological or industrial – they are things we make with our hands. These are real things. Lovely and human.