On the way home from work today I decided to stop at the local park, just because.
I need to do that more often. It was so nice to just be out in nature, block out the cars going past, take in the (almost fresh) air and just take photos.
The sun was beginning to set and it inflamed the dried-out leaves along the riverside into a fiery orange…stunning!
We miss these little pleasure every day when we’re rushing around between work and home, work and home.
Let’s all just calm down and appreciate what is around us, shall we?
I saw this on Pinterest just now and thought I’d share it with you peeps:
So I don’t eat meat.
Is that such an issue? I am constantly ragged about the fact that I choose not to put animal meat into my body and it annoys me to no end, so this is my little rant to release all of that negative energy.
I live in South Africa, which means that a lot of the culture in this country surrounds meat – hunting it, eating it, drying it, braaing it, which makes it a big issue to some people when they meet a vegetarian. So let me address a few “oh my god, you’re a vegetarian” comments:
1. Why would you choose to stop eating meat?
There are honestly hundreds of reasons for not eating meat, which I have never pushed onto anyone at all. If you are interested in understanding this, there is a brilliant list here on the Greenside Cafe website which state very simply 101 reasons to go veg. Some will really make you think more about what you put into your own body and also the impact that it has on the world we live in, so I hope you do read it.
2. But what do you eat?
This is my absolute favourite. Because clearly if you don’t eat meat, there is nothing in the world that you can eat and you will starve and die a slow, tasteless death. Vegetarian food is far tastier than any meat dish I have ever had (I have not been vegetarian my whole life, so yes, I have eaten meat before and no, I don’t miss it). Vegetarian food is so much tastier than meat dishes because it doesn’t rely on the taste of animal juices for its flavour. You actually have to think about the different tastes and textures that you are putting into your food and end up with a far more creative and flavourful meal. They are also far healthier because as a vegetarian, you always need to ensure that you are getting enough protein, fats, omegas etc. in your food and so actually design your meals around nutrition as well as taste.
3. So how do you go to a braai without meat?
The last time I checked, a braai (barbecue) in South Africa was about the social gathering, not the meat.
4. So how do you get your protein?
You would actually be surprised at how little protein you actually need in a day and at how many different kinds of foods contain protein. I’m not going to go into a technical discussion here, but yes it is possible to get enough of the right kind of protein without needing meat.
5. Isn’t it boring?
Refer to point 2 above. I LOVE food, and I mean really LOVE food. No, it isn’t boring, it’s very very interesting…try it, I dare you.
6. Do you mind if other people eat meat around you?
Of course not! Who am I to judge other people’s eating choices?
7. But is that healthy?
Seriously, it’s nothing to freak out about.
In the end, it is my body and my own well-being and I definitely get to decide what I put into my body without having to explain myself at every meal. If someone doesn’t like olives, for instance, it would really not be a big deal, you would just say “Oh”. But say the “V” word and the whole world falls apart.
My body, my mind, my decisions.
Here are some more Gaping Void winners I came across in my constant love-hate battle with the Corporate World (quite negative today, but take it with a pinch of salt and a good chuckle):
Well peeps, today I leave Croatia and I believe that I am quite ready to come home now.
It has been a fantastic holiday an a very well-needed break from my day-to-day life. Food, wine, truffles, beach, sleep, rockclimbing, biking, buses buses buses, caffe. That would be the short version 🙂
I will start creating my Croatia blog posts as soon as I am back, with lots of photos etc. and some useful info for travellers, so be prepared for those – I really look forward to it! I decided that I would have no tech on this trip and I must admit that it has been killing me softly, so I will have LOTS to say about everything I experienced as it is all ready and waiting in my head.
I was sitting in the square in Zagreb this morning, after a disasterous attempt at a Mysore yoga class and a feel-better Nutella pancake, reflecting on my trip and how I feel about coming home. I then realised that Toto´s Africa was playing out of one of the caffe bars and I realised how much I love South Africa. (That damn song always plays at the right moment – usually the cheesiest time possible)
Amazing food, wine, beaches, mountains, weather, culture and most importantly…friendly people! We really are so spoilt in our country and sometimes it takes a trip elsewhere to make you realise that again.
So now I am looking forward to some sushi, English-speaking people, my homemade gourmet salad lunches, a bubble bath, my own home and my wine rack.
I am in the rat race. There…I admit it. Corporate Schmorporate. One day you will hopefully see a blog post here about how I went on to do my own thing and how I am insanely happy doing something that I love for a living, that brings me constant fulfilment…but for now I will just have a little moan and a laugh.
I came across this artist online – Hugh MacLeod, and his website called “Gaping Void“. His cartoons had me in hysterics. I’ve put together some of my favourite stabs at the corporate world in my current cynical state for you to enjoy.
All of these cartoons are from Gaping Void.
Being in a bit of an odd place in my life at the moment, I sometimes find myself having ‘Aha’ moments with very small things that come my way.
I thought I’d share a few of those – maybe you’ll have an ‘Aha’ moment out of one of these too.
(You can find the origin of the images on my pinterest page here)