Five Things

Five Things: April 24th 2021

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Hello everyone! It feels like long time no talk, which it kind of has been. Unfortunately I got unexpectedly busy this week as I was ill, and studying for my exam Thursday took more brainpower than expected. Nevertheless, I am back and ready to begin writing the posts again. It’s a shame too because I was quite excited for the posts this week, but I’ll just push them back to next week (hint: it’s ~Taylor week~ baby)!

1. Longest streak of working out

I feel like I’m waiting for the bubble to pop with this one, just because I’ve never been able to sustain working out for too long. My average is probably a few days, maybe a week at most. So you can imagine my delight that I’ve been working out almost everyday for the past two weeks!! Hurrah!! The greatest part? It feels sustainable, like I can keep doing this for the entire summer. I love going outside, I love using my legs and feeling sore afterwards, and I love doing my ab workout before bed.

I imagine at some point I will expand my routine (I’m eyeing doing an arm workout as well) but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, lest the whole system collapses. For now, I’m really joyful going on walks, going on runs, and doing my ab workouts.

2. Wrapping up the school year

It really doesn’t feel like I’m going into finals somewhat soon because everyone around me is almost done school, but I’m starting to realise that the school year is ending in less than a month. We had our last clinical skills class cut because of the pandemic, and then it was our clinical skills exam! This means that Thursday afternoons have now been freed, which is lovely, but it also means that that’s it for my first year education in clinical skills. Which is crazy to think about.

It’s a bit depressing to say, but it’s been a pretty forgettable school year. Nothing super notable happened to me. Though I do think I’ve personally developed a lot over the past year, I do think that the lack of social events really made this year feel like it didn’t happen at all. I’m really, really hoping (like everyone else in the world) that we will have some sort of normalcy this fall. Here’s hoping.

3. Romanticising my life

I think reading Second First Impressions last week was extremely comforting to my soul, after a while of not reading chick lit. What can I say, I like what I like. As such, I have returned to reading some of my old favourites, and I found them to make my soul sing, as cheesy as that sounds. It’s funny, but when I run, I feel like I channel fictional characters, and it makes it easier to run. I’m trying to bring that kind of romanticisation into my daily life, and it’s been a very fun endeavour.

I don’t know if I’m detaching from reality, but for the most part it seems rather harmless. When I study, I imagine myself to be some hard-working academic in a cozy student house in Scotland (… I may be watching too many sunbeamsjess videos). Suddenly I perk up, and studying doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

4. Club Coffee

I had a phase at the beginning of the school year in September when I drank a cup of coffee every day. I didn’t love it, mainly because I drink it black and bitter, not out of preference but because there’s often no dairy-free milk at Tim Horton’s (cheapest coffee) and it seems pointless then to put sugar if it’s already not going to taste good. It’s a habit and mindset that’s stuck, this idea that all coffee is black coffee and as such, all coffee tastes bad.

I think my tastebuds are changing though, because I drank a black coffee this week for the first time in a while and I actually enjoyed it. It was a very nostalgic taste, reminding me of the many nights spent studying under the influence of black coffee (I also had three pieces of dark chocolate this week and liked that too, so I think I’m also just liking bitter things more.) Additionally, I tried a blonde soy vanilla latte from Starbucks and loved that too. Is this adulthood?

5. Feeling happy

There’s a line from Hyukoh’s Tomboy that goes “I’m happy right now, so I’m nervous, because the sea is always calm before a storm” and that’s how I feel putting that as my fifth point (excellent song, by the way). But heck, I’m going to claim it and treasure the moment while it lasts. Life has natural ups and downs, and I’m in an up phase of my life right now. I especially treasure it because I feel like I’m fighting for my happiness, which is something that I never really thought about. I always thought happiness just… happened.

But it doesn’t. It often takes hard work, in the form of making sure your body is worked and rested. In the form of making goals and hitting them. In the form of making time to speak with your friends and family. In the form of listening to upbeat tunes and watching shows that make you laugh. In the form of going outside and feeling the sun on your neck. These are simple things, but it’s wild how much they’ve made a difference in my life.

That’s how my week went! It was pretty uneventful, but I’ll take that over a bad week any day. How was your week? 🙂

x B

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