In America, we all know how Valentine's Day works: it is a day to declare your undying love, sprinkled with boxes of chocolates, bouquets of roses and romantic gestures that you've saved up all year for this one very day in February. We share the history of St. Valentine, and how he made his mark in time with his own acts of love and goodwill while simultaneously taunting the single people in our lives with said exertions of our unwavering, undying love.
It's been just under a month since I've begun this 'blogging' thing. I sort of picked it up thinking it would be a sweet side hobby to have to reignite what used to be my passion for writing. I find that my brain is quite good at talking to itself most days, and I wondered what it would be like to read those thoughts aloud to myself sometimes.
In the fashion world, it is the year 2018. We observe the everyday human as they walk down the street: they wear jeans with waistlines starting at their belly buttons, backpacks with cartoon buttons, and glasses are the size of two very big grapefruits. We see floral patterns that match your mother's curtains, full body jumpsuits in singular colors, and dresses that fall just below the knee. No, it is not the year 1980. It is, as we said, the year is 2018. But the trends from this time appear to have resurfaced, you finally conclude. Interesting.Similarly, it is also the year 2018 in the world of games. Our current observation is that video games and consoles such as Playstation and XBox have long since taken over classic games of the past. If you want to play Cribbage, perhaps Meema at the care home would be up for a round. But since the rise of Kickstarter.com, we've seen a fashion world-esque surge in trends of the past in that board games are the new "in" games like Exploding Kittens and Unstable Unicorns have thrived in this new era of gaming from their feeble starts on Kickstarter, and you will notice many others trying to do the same. So in honor of Kickstarter and the revival of the great board game, here are some of their newest additions that you're going to want to add to your collection for the upcoming year!
It's the late afternoon, and you've just finished up at the office for the day. You're heading to the subway to catch the train home, picking a seat that tucks you away for the half hour it takes to get to your stop. With a sigh, you pull a book out of your bag and start to read. Your attention is pulled away from your book when you sense that someone is talking to you. A "friendly" man has just made a comment about your legs (wrapped in jeans and tucked into black polka dotted rain boots), mentions he's seen you on the train before and asks if you have a boyfriend. He has one hand in his pants and he smells like the tuna sandwich science project you found in the office refrigerator two days ago, but three of them, stacked on top of one another and jammed crazy far up your nostrils. You don't want to be rude, so you take a moment to consider your options before offering it to him. You feel a huge wave of relief when you realize he's heard you wrong. Other commuters give you quick-but-awkward sideways glances, the looks on their faces clearly glad that they chose not to sit where you're sitting right now. By the time you get home, you've already considered three alternate routes home from the office for the rest of the week.
Regret is, in it's own right, a very big word. We regret accidentally clicking 'Send' on that email that wasn't ready to be sent. We regret letting our anger get the better of us when we're in a heated argument with Mom about why you're still living at home at the age of 30. (Not my truth but hey, still very real..) And sometimes, we even regret the food that we put in our bellies; yes four-cheese pizza, I'm talking to you. But we all know a few regrets we have that could have made our lives only that much easier, and it's that Gandhi-level advice that we really should have listened to all along. Fixing these now will help you save some of that time you spent all your energy wasting.
Looking back at this post, I realize that some of these might sound a bit... obvious. But how often does one remind themselves to do these simple yet excruciatingly difficult things and eventually find themselves not actually doing them until it's too damn late?! It is precisely those 'ugh–damnit' moments that encouraged me to write about the valuable-yet-simple life lessons that living and growing up in Vancouver has taught me over the years. An umbrella-in-the-face nudge, just to remind you, if you will. So roll out your yoga mat, strap in and channel your inner Buddha; here are some of my most valuable life lessons I learned growing up in Vancouver.