“Some days you just have to create your own sunshine..”
Most of us, are trying to keep that positive energy flowing. Cooking, baking, home workouts, creating memes and so on. It is good. I can’t deny that. We need these good vibes. Quarantine is bringing the best in us.
But till when?
I am trying to stay positive, ignore the gloomy vibes, the talks and everything else around us. We are enjoying the distancing, using the supplies we have at home.
Still.. not certain where we are heading. The unknown is scary.
And I would like to kick it away now and talk about something else.
I have been working as a teacher since 2016. Through these years, I have been facing contradicting feelings of love and hatred. I would say that I love being a teacher, then I would curse the minute I became a teacher! I would say that I love my students and how they make me feel. Then I would hate my life because of the madness they sometimes (most of the time!) drive me to!
Couldn’t comprehend what I wanted or how I felt towards all of this.
I was still suffering from these emotions. Until this universal outbreak crashed in.
It has been a week since we started working from home, aka Distance Teaching/Learning, and I can say that things are getting clearer right now!
There’s no one watching us. Whether we do our best to serve this sensitive cause or simply do what we are asked to do with no extra effort.
No one is watching.
I’ve noticed that I am dedicated to this profession. I want to give my best no matter the circumstances.
And my students.. I really miss them.
They bring something different to my life. They nag, yes. They drive me crazy, very much. They make me switch to that evil self hiding inside of me.
But, they also show me how love can be given, unconditionally.
One simple email, sent from one of them, brought tears to my eyes. And I realized that I love being a teacher. I have a purpose in life and that’s to give these little souls some knowledge along with some love.
These days spent at home made me open my eyes wider.
Despite the pain, the injuries, the broken relations, the lost friends, the falls, the scars, the tears and the missed ones, I do love my life.
I survived a lot. I can survive this. And I hope we all will!
Let’s not postpone doing what we love. Enjoy a cup of coffee somewhere you love, go out with a friend for a walk, or simply sit and talk. Don’t keep weighing your actions and counting your steps.
Show your feelings, stay away from negativity. Life will throw us into different storms to test us. Storms that are full of fear and negativity. Just for now, steer away from them.
Enjoy “NOW” cause it’s all we’ve got.
Keep loving what you love and who you love.
And today, I decided to create my own sunshine.. in a bowl!
So many good people on Instagram are showing me that life can be loved and lived in a decent way. This bowl is dedicated to them and to a sweet heart named Cindy.
Sunshine in a Bowl
aka Turmeric Oats ~ Golden Oats
What you need:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp that has the mix of the following: turmeric powder, cinnamon and black pepper. (biggest portion is turmeric powder)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- pinch of salt
- 2 dates pitted and chopped, or skip and use any sweetener.
- Toppings of your choice. I used tahini, sesame seeds, pomegranate arils and pistachios.
- soak the oats in hot water for almost 5 minutes
- pour the milk into a pot and add the other ingredients.
- add the soaked oats and cook on the stove-top till it reaches the desired consistency
- pour into a bowl and top with your favourite things.
Notes: I add extra cinnamon because I love it! And while cooking I added more turmeric because I didn’t like the colour while stirring, wasn’t “sunshine” enough!)
This one turned out amazing. One of the greatest oatmeal bowls I have had so far!
Let’s enjoy it day by day, let’s not rush.
Let’s hope for a better tomorrow..
let’s never stop baking and cooking!