Life gets so busy sometimes that I think we forget to live. It feels like we are always jumping from one place to the next and never in the moment itself. This weekend, I wanted to be different. I wanted to do things without thinking of the next seven-hundred places I had to go. I wanted to spend time with my friends without feeling stressed. So, when my friend Pippa asked if I would go with her to the Poutinerie by Air Canada on Saturday, you know I said yes immediately.
I will be honest: I really didn’t know what poutine was except that I had seen it on Instagram a couple times. I had no idea on what I was missing out on. I don’t know how or why I went my life without poutine but I don’t think we’re turning back now.
While the food was delicious, the most enjoyable part of this spontaneous weekend trip was spending time with my good friend. We both are obsessed with Christmas and believe it should start as early as possible so, we enjoyed taking winter-photos in this pop-up Canada booth.
After we had finished with our poutine and our photoshoot, we moved to Philz coffee across the street, where I found my new favorite coffee blend called Philtered Soul, which is a chocolate and hazelnut mix. We went and spent some time in Dupont Circle, enjoying the crisp air and feeling of Christmas that we both had. It was a wonderful, slow day with a wonderful friend.
My Sunday started off busier than my Saturday. I had a midterm on Monday and a list of meetings I had to get to throughout the day. I craved the ability to just live in the moment like I had the day before, but my best moments came when I took some seconds to breathe. I spent just fifteen minutes with a friend I don’t see often anymore and even that short time felt like a breath of fresh air in my life.
I studied with a friend and even though we both were stressed, I find that I often never laugh quite as much as I do during a study session. There’s really no timeline to a study session and in those rough moments of stressful memorization of concepts, there’s a freeness that doesn’t happen all the time. When I look at the last two years, so many of my happiest moments were while doing homework or studying with friends.
I think we all take these little moments for granted. We don’t think about how priceless the laughter and smiles are. We don’t take time to give thanks for having beautiful, wonderful people in our lives. We are always so busy looking forward to the next event that we miss out on everything. I want to end this weekend round-up with a Chinese proverb.
Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.