For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
–Andy Rooney (via simply-quotes)
What I like so much about getting more into hippie-like simple living is that it has allowed me to understand the sentiment expressed in this quote. I’ll be honest. Ben, Soren, and I don’t do a lot of big, exciting stuff. (I know you’re totally shocked by this revelation.) We don’t have many major life events. This might seem boring, but it isn’t, because when your life is kind of quiet, you learn to appreciate the quiet stuff, the every-day things you do. You also learn how to live in the moment, instead of looking forward to future events like vacations or whatever. I’ve done a lot of that in my life, especially when I was younger. I was always in a cycle of looking forward to something, having it happen, feeling a little let down after, and then waiting for something else to look forward to, etc. etc. And it’s not that there’s anything wrong with that; it’s just that now that I know the difference, I like this better.
We spent our Saturday night in the kitchen, listening to loud music and making stuff. We made pretzels (they were good but the recipe I got from Pinterest was kind of a clusterfuck) with cheese sauce, seitan pepperoni, ice cream, and lotion. And it was like the nicest Saturday night, ever. How the mighty have fallen, I thought, while listening to the industrial music that provided the soundtrack for crazy nights out during my early 20s. But then I thought no, the mighty haven’t fallen, they’ve just changed, because that’s what they do. You don’t want to be the exact same way your whole life, because that’s what’s boring.
Today I ran 7 (well, 7.12 because that’s how far I can run in an hour now) miles, we had some friends over for a potluck lunch and playdate, and I restarted organic produce delivery and thought about what we’ll do with all the avocados that will be coming later this week. It was a nice day, too.
In other news, I got these glasses in addition to the Cazals. This dumb picture doesn’t convey their awesomeness.