Many people who are ahead of their time become celebrated as geniuses, visionaries and eccentrics long after they are gone. The opposite is true for me, I think I was born a couple of decades late.
I had an encounter with a millenial the other day, my first one. It lasted about 20 minutes and I said all of four words through the ‘conversation’. I couldn’t help but feel, afterwords, like I had turned into my mother, maybe even my grandmother. I walked away feeling very judgemental towards this person: her behaviour was arrogant, self-entitled and self-centred. And I wondered if they are all like that. . . .
I also wondered if I was a relic of a by-gone era – when tea was poured out of a china pot and into warmed dainty cups sitting on matching saucers. When spelling and grammar mattered and everyone your parents’ age was ‘uncle’ and ‘aunty’. A time when ‘contouring’ was something we learned in geography class and it was perfectly normal to pop over to the neighbour’s for a cup of sugar or their steam iron. How good were the lyrics to the songs of yester-year and the thrill of calling your crush hoping his mum wouldn’t pick up the phone. Don’t we live in interesting times now?
So I reminisce every now and then with a good book, an old playlist, a dated magazine, a binge session of SATC/ Gilmore Girls or a weekend in dungarees and brown lipstick. Or all of the above. I don’t always take the time to pause and breathe so it’s usually when I am forced to by illness or intervening family that I have a chance to stop and smell the lotuses.
Here are some raw shots of flowers I took. They are from a trip to a lotus park with my parents at the start of the year.
Also, if you care for classical music (and Debussy is my favourite composer, albeit a little modern), I leave you with two of my favourite pieces: Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune and Syrinx. The second is even more beautiful thanks to Smalin’s animated graphical score (I usually end up watching the whole playlist).
So how / what do you do when you pause and breathe?