As Abraham Lincoln said: ‘Folks are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.’

Itโ€™s wonderful that as life has progressed, some of the joys it offers have still remained magical. And thankfully my heart warms up to them with the same intensity as it has done forever.

  • The smell of rain on fresh baked earth.
  • The smell of freshly brewed coffee and how the first sip makes me feel every single morning.
  • MANGOES.
  • That day in spring where the world turns into the freshest shade of green.
  • A really good kiss. (Itโ€™s weird how rare these are).
  • Puppies and the way they make your soul smile.
  • Time spent in the company of friends with whom you can be your self. The conversations, the laughs and that feeling of being completely safe.
  • My moms cooking.
  • Movie marathons with the sibling.
  • The sound of the ocean (or a river or the lapping sounds at the edge of a lake).
  • The feeling of hot water running down your back in the shower on a cold day.
  • The smell of a library.
  • Looking through treasures(and pictures) collected over the course of my travels.
  • Driving really fast on an empty road while the rest of the world is asleep.
  • And every single time this happens.

Btw, on a completely unrelated note, I’m loving all the inmyfeelingschallenge videos. Great fun.

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This is how I counter the sight of stormy dark skies on a lazy Saturday morning

 

How can something that looks so good taste so bad?!! Wonder why all those people raving about cloud eggs not adding a disclaimer that it tastes quite pathetic.

It sure as hell photographs well though.

To remember or not to?

When I look back at the posts of this blog I realise that what is featured mostly seems to be recollections from a day or time in my life that I would like to remember fondly in the future or take a lesson or two from the journey that I’m on. So in the spirit of that, I’m going to write about my experience about Candy Crush Saga and it’s part in my recent personal downfall.

I hated this game before I had ever swiped four candies to form a striped candy. But with two of my colleagues promoting it as a tool to de focus from the insanity of a high pressure job for years, I finally decided to give it a go and downloaded the app following the tense week that the last one was. What followed was three days where I became what I disliked in the first place. Thankfully short of creating another account to give me โ€œlifeโ€ I came to my senses and deleted the damn thing. Cannot believe this happened to me after I had spent years turning up my nose at all those people. Honestly, a bit shaken about newly experiencing the addictive properties of technology. If an intelligent adult cannot handle this, how are kids supposed to handle boundaries?

If you donโ€™t have anything nice to say, then donโ€™t say anything at all

I think that’s a sentence everybody who was “well raised” relates to. More so, women and I’m not being sexist here. Every girl is raised with regular dosages of that sentence. But is it really the right approach?

One of the most empowering things I heard recently on Oprah’s Life Lessons was: Nice is passive. Kind is active. One is people-pleasing, the other is peace-keeping. Considering both are acts, which would be the better choice. As far as I’m concerned, in the infamous words from the movie WONDER and P’s current Whatsapp status:

Choose Kind.

An article triggered a proper sleepover kind discussion with the girls about SATC and forced me to look inward and really figure out who I relate to and why. During my college years I so wanted to be Charlotte. I associated more with her than any other character on SATC. Actually my conditioning made me believe that is who I should base myself on. Cut to a couple of years later to me living in the US catching reruns, I figured Miranda was the person who made sense to me.

2018 – Iโ€™m Miranda.

What is it about younger people that allows them to look at the world with so much of a lighter view

Is it their lack of exposure to the world? Or the idealism that coats every thought/idea/decision that crosses their mind that is still untainted by reality? Or is it just the complete lack of understanding about life in general?

I remember a friend mentioning feedback she received from a manager of hers gave her about the way she exchanged greetings with her colleagues. He had told her that her hi’s&hello’s were a little too youthful and she needed to change that as she advanced in her career. I happen to completely disagree with what that manager of hers said, but can’t help but pay thought to one of his observations: that’s its apparently the youngest people in an organisation who exchange the most enthusiastic of greetings.

Spent an evening amongst the campus batch and had to accompany the 23yearold-brighteyedbushytailed-notyetawareofwhatagoingtohappentothem-toomanybigdreamsnotenoughmoneyinthewallet-MBA’s in order to celebrate the endof their training. As we watched Jurassic World and followed it with dinner, I couldn’t help but think that generation gap is a very real thing. And as much as these kids think I’m “Super cool”, inside I felt like grandma who starts her sentences with “Oh the kids of this generation…..”.

Time to do a few age appropriate activities.

Advantage of being 35, none of the relative poverty of the 20’s to prevent you from making impromptu expensive plans and seeing them through. Like not having to worry about the dent to your wallet while ordering multiple sangrias ๐Ÿ˜.