I sense I finally found the balance I needed so badly.
Life is still fast. I’m up every morning at 6-7am and on my legs for 10 hours a day, commuting and getting squeezed in the tube carriages twice a day, climbing all kinds of stairs and escalators, queueing everywhere, carrying grocery bags on foot as well as trying to keep everything else going in between –meals, cleaning and some sort of mental and physical health.
Most of the time, at the end of the day, I feel exhausted. But the rituals that I already created for myself give me more energy and more motivation to tackle the next day. Rituals that are meaningfully slow to balance out the rest of the day: a warm shower first thing as I come home, with no lights except for a lit candle. Music. Some stretching and meditation to soothe my ache-y legs and noisy mind. A glass of wine. Cooking dinner. Sharing a meal with whom I love. Chatting on the sofa, reading a book or some open tabs on the computer. Falling asleep on the couch. Going to bed.
Every day, almost. This, for now, is my new luxury life, my long-sought balance.
- 150 gr/ about 3/4 cup ground cherries (physalis)
- half (about 1/3 cup) small red onion, finely chopped
- a bunch (about 1/2 cup) finely chopped cilantro
- 1/2 fresh red chili, minced
- juice of half lime
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Remove husk from ground cherries and rinse well. Cut into quarters and place in a small bowl. Add onion, cilantro and chili. Season with lime juice, oil and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving to let the flavors combine. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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