It is currently the middle of finals week and I have one more final to go. Woo! This semester has been a real rollercoaster of new challenges and shifting communities. I really should be studying right now, but I guess I can consider this as a study break and a place to declutter my brain of some extra thoughts that are floating around.
I just made plans with a friend to go see the Nutcracker at SF Ballet after my last final. I called the ticket service office to check how standing tickets work and how to buy them day of (…because I cannot afford regular priced tickets #studentlife). The lady that answered my call was really nice and patient. It’s not that I was difficult with my questions, but sometimes there are people you talk to where you can just hear the kindness and patience in their voice and it was really comforting. It made me think about how much influence we have on other people, even without intending it (creds to my roommate weesh who talks about this all the time 🙂 ).
I’ve come to really appreciate the effect of time and age on wisdom. These days I feel like our generation is obsessed with quick knowledge. Whether it’s being smart, knowing the most, being the most up to date on current events and trends and intellectual thoughts. But I can’t help but notice the striking difference between knowledge that the people my age have and how it comes off compared to knowledge from my parents or people my grandparents age. There’s a quiet steady foundation to their wisdom that can only be built by time and experience.
Time, that’s another thing that I think is under-appreciated now days. In current trends, we’re all trying to shorten and cut down on time and how long it takes us to do things so we can fit more into the same amount of time. Which is good and “efficient,” but I feel like we’re also losing appreciation for the process of time and patience in waiting. It seems like we are almost incapable of waiting. If things take too long, we get impatient and frustrated. If we can’t get immediate access to satisfaction and information we think there’s something wrong. We want wisdom, but we want it fast. We have the mentality that if you work hard you will receive. But we’re not used to working hard and having the gain come with time. We want immediate results and gratification for our work.
I’m sitting here in a study hall watching everyone around me trying to cram as much information into their minds as they can before their next final, and I wonder about the way this whole system works. Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad.. in my opinion things are rarely ever black or white so maybe it’s both. But how is this system shaping our generation and which direction are we headed in?
Improvement and innovation are good things, but a part of me wonders if maybe we’re sacrificing peace and true content/enjoyment of life for that unending race towards development (disclaimer: I’m not saying development’s bad LOL). With development, once you achieve something you must develop again. Innovate again. Improve upon what you just created. This is the basis of how progress works and it has improved our world in so many ways. But what does it do to a person when you can never really be satisfied with your work, or you’re constantly laboring and striving for something? Some people thrive on this, some people get worn out.
Maybe I’m just that weird person who wishes we could spend more time pausing our rapidly moving lives to really enjoy the present moment we’re in rather than racing through life and not even noticing the time that goes by. It’s almost like those blinders on horses were we only look towards one thing in the future and we can’t see everything else around us as we run by. I wonder sometimes if I’ll ever look back one day in the future and regret not spending more time appreciating the present…who knows? I guess i’ll have to ask my future self when the time comes.
Well, enough thought bubbling for now. Here’s a breakfast recipe I just discovered recently. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love my mornings. And breakfast is, in my opinion, one of the most important steps to a good morning. This recipe (if you even consider it a recipe) is really simple, and it’s one of my favorite things to make for breakfast. Enjoy! 🙂
Yogurt Breakfast Parfait
This recipe’s super simple, and when you add up the cost and compare it to buying breakfast, it’s still cheaper even if fruit is sort of expensive.
*you can also change this recipe to use any fruit or granola/toppings you like*
- 1 cup plain yogurt (sometimes I use greek yogurt thinned out with soy milk)
- 1/4 cup granola (I either make my own or use a rice/grain based plain granola)
- 2 slices dried mangoes (diced ( I cut it with scissors))
- 1/2 cup raspberries (halved)
place yogurt in a bowl first. If you’re using greek yogurt slowly thin it out with a whisk while pouring in the soy milk (regular milk works as well). Add in your chopped fruit, granola, and dried mangoes. Take a pretty picture and eat 🙂
Lol you probably could’ve figured out the recipe just by looking at the photo..but oh well, hope you enjoy this idea