Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Evening”. I used an archive picture, because THIS evening is grey, wet, and NOT photogenic at all!
I’ve had a “navel gazing” kind of day. And while I did, Neva gazed up at me. Geez, she is CUTE!! :)
Indulge me while I share. I don’t think it is any secret that I’m having a bit of a mid life crisis. (good grief, I just got a tattoo, if that isn’t a sign of a mid-life crisis, I’m not sure what is) Maybe it is my age, maybe hormones, maybe knowing three people in their forties who died last summer, maybe all of the above, but for whatever reason, I’m feeling very unsettled. I’m trying to make sense of life, and figure out how my life can have meaning. If I died suddenly, what would my legacy be? Where is my place in the world? I’m not sure I’m living the life I’m “meant to live”, so what do I have to do to figure out what life I AM meant to live.
And I’m torn, because I know, in the big scheme of life, I am an incredibly lucky woman. I am healthy, I have a brain and a sense of humour, a great husband who loves me, amazing friends and family, a nice home, a job, a gorgeous and hilarious cat, interests (but do I have a passion?), and I live in a vibrant, diverse city that, though ridiculously expensive, provides activities and exposure to cultures that aren’t found everywhere.
So what am I looking for? What is missing? What is my passion? What do I need to feed my soul? All very flaky questions, but I’m asking myself these regularly, and digging deep to figure out how the next chapter of my life will give me whatever it is that I’m seeking.
I do know, that I love my blog, I love taking photos (that is probably my passion at the moment), I love yoga and I love connecting with people here at home, and all around the world. I used to love my kitchen and cooking, but that love has waned of late, so today, I’ve found a way that may help give me a little taste (pun!) of something I’m looking for.
This morning, I pulled out this cookbook that was given to me a while ago. The travel bug has bitten me in a BIG way lately, I’m longing to see other parts of the world, meet new people and experience new things that are out of my comfort zone. ..
…circumstances mean I’m not in a place to travel right now, but until that happens, I’m going to rekindle my love of cooking by “cooking the world”. I may not be on a plane, but I’ll be trying foods from places I know I’ll be one day. And I’ll do it in a healthy way. I hope you come with me on my round the world culinary journey…and bear with me while I ride the carousel of mid-life, and ultimately, find peace and meaning in my soul.
That is going forward, today, in the here and now, I had a GREAT power/sweaty yoga session. Before I left, I had some coffee and Little Big Bread toast with almond butter and banana.
I was a bit early for yoga, and had a little time before my class to have a rainy walk around Granville Island, and take in the sights and smells of a big public market and marina. Here are a few of the shots I took:
I love the little boy on the left, he was fascinated by the goose feeding….
…yarn bomb on a bike rack….
…a sign that had the word “nudies”, which made me smile…
…a fun banner in a deserted playground..
…and a box that meant I had to make a spinach salad without my shirt on…
…birds o’ plenty….
..and this afternoon, I found my FIRST cherry blossoms of the spring. Pretty…
When I got back from yoga and errands, I had lunch of fake crab, celery, hummus and rice crackers, as well as a glass of guava kombucha.
…I also had some tea with fat free creamer and agave, and Dennis and I split a pack of weight watchers mini ginger cookies.
Later on, we had some goldfish pretzel crackers and a glass of red wine.
And tonight, we “traveled” to Thailand, and had Chiang Mai Pork Patties on lettuce with rice noodles, carrots and cilantro….
Very light, very tasty….อร่อย. (thank you Google translate for the thai characters meaning “delicious”) I will start a new blog page with the global recipes in the next few days. In the meantime, we’re going to relax a little, get an on demand movie and take it easy tonight. What’s going on in YOUR world today?? How’s your weekend going?