Lesson One: Traveling with friends should be done more often
In the beginning of the month I traveled to meet my best friend for our annual reunion. We had a fantastic weekend, walking around the city, visiting museums and just sitting in the sun and talking. I learned that with very few very special people I have this mutual understanding. And I learned that I have to accept that with most others, things change and friendships fade which is perfectly normal and okay. And I learned that however much time, money and other resources traveling might consume – I always have to plunge in. There is nothing that comes close to sitting in a train and putting the kilometers behind me while reading a good book, or sitting in a bus and talking to foreigners about their final destinations, or getting lost in a city and finding the bakery with the gorgeous chocolate buns.
Lesson Two: Fasting is possible
I also took Lent as a motivation to restrict my consumption. I don’t watch online videos apart from very few exceptions, and I have to say I will keep it like that. I also don’t watch movies or series when I am alone, but I went to the cinema with friends. Since that gives me so much time for reading which I enjoy much more than movies, I will keep that up, too, even if not that strictly.
Concerning my diet I don’t eat dairy which is easy, but more expensive because I got hooked on oat milk and oat yoghurt. I also don’t eat gluten apart from my own sourdough bread, and that is a bit hard but doable. I am just tired of all the buckwheat and quinoa. And I quit sugar which is eye-opening: Even soy sauce contains sugar!
Lesson Three: Everything about Morocco
My classmate and me had some night shifts at university recently because we wanted to get done with some assignments. I spent a lot of time with her and we share music, books and food. She introduced me to Gnawa, Sufism and date paste, all three very enriching matters.
Lesson Four: Breaks in church are fulfilling
Whenever I pass by “my” church (the one that I like and that is on the way to my home), I go in for some minutes. That is like: If the day was a yummy cup of hot chocolate, going to church is the cream on top. It fills me up and makes me content to the max. I will keep doing that, too.
Lesson Five: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … and Spring
There are good days, then there are bad days, and then there are good days again. The spring is here and the first crocuses have appeared – and then for one day they were covered in snow again. After that it became warm again and it was a pleasure to be outside. One day I was so productive, the other day nothing worked out and it felt like wasted time. One day you receive a sad email, the next day someone tells you something beautiful. I will have to try and take it as it is.
What lessons did you learn? Let me know in the comments!