This is a very powerful clip by Will Hoffman that captures the significance of each moment which composes the entirety of living. It is a celebration of life that was inspired by David Eagleman’s book, Sum. Watch and enjoy.
You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.
You can have the greatest intentions in the world but you can’t do anything if you’re just waiting. It is a slump that is so easy to fall into. I have fallen into this trap many times. If you get stuck in this sometimes-very-deep-hole, realize that time is precious and the best time is always now. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. So remember this:
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
So what is your Great Balancing Act? Where are you going? Hopefully somewhere where you can experience moments that you might have only imagined. That’s my plan. What is yours?
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“The idea is to die young as late as possible.”
Read it again. Die young….as late as possible. Seems sensible. Sit on the phrase for a bit. Think it through. I believe that analysis of your life, daily actions, future goals, etc. is always a healthy checkpoint to make sure you are on your right track, whatever that may be. This quote seemed to be the basis of my thoughts this week.
I have this growing fear of becoming “an adult” *gasp* (Graduation within the next year has been the pleasant reminder that a big kid job is in very near future). But is that a bad thing? If you live your life by the mentality of the quote above, is growing up really that scary? I don’t believe so. Now if I could have it my way, I would find something to do everyday that involves meeting lots of people, dressing how I please, travel a couple times a month, and have the beach somewhere in the foreground. I haven’t figured out how all that can be encompassed in one job yet. But hey, at least a youthful sentiment is ingrained in what I want in my life.
But how do you apply this to your life? I have been re-thinking about this topic for days now. Are you? If anything, just think about the quote. I see youth within the eyes of many: my 80 year old father all the way to the 5 year old girl playing in the park. But can you maintain it? Is it possible for all of us to maintain it? I don’t know. I guess we can try. These have been my crazy thoughts for the week.
On the last night of Fallas, called La Nit de la Cremà, all the artistic structures are burned to the ground with exception of the winning design (you can see photos of the fallas here). These massive pieces burst into flames with a display of fireworks and firemen on standby. Starting at 10:30pm, the ninots are burned, followed by the fallas which are burned anywhere between 12:00am and 2:30am. The crowd is within 100 yards of these infernos so if you get close up like we were, you can feel the heat.
Fallas is a five day festival every March in Valencia, Spain in celebration of Saint Joseph. Large artistic structures made of paper, wax, wood, and styrofoam are displayed in the street throughout various parts of the city. Sometimes they tower as high as 5 stories. Each display consists of two pieces, the ninots (the smaller piece) and the fallas (the main attraction). The themes are usually satirical jabs at whoever or whatever has drawn attention in the eyes of the artist. Prizes and awards are given to the best designs. Thousands of people flood to the city to view these structures, eat some delicious food like churros and buñuelos, and watch the epic finale, a spectacle of fireworks and burning of all the fallas.
Today is the one year anniversary of Seasoned With Youth. Initially this started as somewhat of a journal for me. I was using it as a reference point to make sure my day to day life had substance. Now, it has blown into a full on hobby with accounts of my travels, food discoveries, and weekly appreciation. It is a platform of sharing ideas which I have fallen in love with. I am not quite sure where I am going to go with it from here, but I wanted to take the time and say thank you to all those who have been following this past year.
Scones are known to be a dry and crumbly breakfast. But don´t let that swade you away from these marvelous treats. The best of the best are actually far from dry at all. A great pairing with tea, homemade scones are perfect as a mini breakfast or an afternoon tea time snack. These orange walnut scones went perfect with a citrus glaze and a hot cup of rooibus tea (a similar recipe can be found here). A relatively easy recipe with a generous helping of butter, these scones can be made a day ahead of time if you are pressed on time. However like most baked goods, the fresh out of the oven taste is usually the best.