I promised myself that my next blog would be about my research. Now that I have my permission there is nothing to stop me writing highly academic posts about complex methodologies and ethical dilemmas solved, right?
But since I’ve been back from Indonesia life seems to have gone a bit crazy. Alongside getting started – which I am doing and which I will write about, I promise – all these insecurities have been seeping out. What am I doing? Will I ever have anything interesting to say? Have I got time? Am I working hard enough? Blah blah f***ing blah.
Then a few nights ago I was out for dinner with some friends of friends that I’ve never met before. I happened to mention that avocados were on my list of favourite things. The resulting conversation revealed to me that not everyone has such a list and, in fact, I was considered quite strange (I hope in a good way) for having one. I shared this revelation on facebook and it caused a flurry of comments.
So, in the spirit both of sharing and of lifting my own spirits by reminding me of the things I really love, here is my first attempt to get the list out of my head and onto paper. Originally I’ve said there were no rules but now I’ve realised that the one rule I do set for myself is that the list can’t contain people that I know, because otherwise it would just be full of my family and friends.
So without further ado….and in no particular order….here are my favourite things.
- Ripe avocadoes
- The sea and especially wild remote deserted beaches
- Arundhati Roy
- Laughing so hard that I can hardly breathe
- Watching ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ or ‘Pride and Prejudice’ or ‘Guys and Dolls’ on TV with my mum
- Any technology that allows me to cheaply communicate with family and friends a long way away
- Draft Guinness
- Nights with good people in pubs with log fires and good music (and definitely no TVs)
- Walking meditation
- Watermelon juice
- Hugs from people who matter (which, truth be told, is pretty much everyone)
- Virginia Woolf
- Finding the perfect present for someone
- The jungle
- Johnny Depp
- A good cuppa (of the builder’s variety)
- Stories (both told and read)
- Mike Scott
- Walking through Holyrood Park and up the Royal Mile in Edinburgh on a crisp blue-skied winter day
- His Dark Materials
- That wonderful feeling when you really connect with another person…
- …especially a young child
- Traveling through beautiful Lao landscape, preferably using a mode of transport that doesn’t put a pane of glass between me and said landscape
- The labyrinth in George Square (although the location is probably less important, just that’s the one I know)
- The Princess Bride
- Good conversation (either serious or nonsensical)
- Bright colours
- Thich Nhat Hanh