Embracing simplicity

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These posts are getting more and more difficult to write. My life’s just not all that interesting, and I’m running out of poignant things to say. Maybe it’s time to embrace simplicity.

In appreciation of a simple existence, I thought I’d just share my highlight list (of the little things that bring me joy) for the week:

1. Warmer Weather. I hate the cold, so there’s a lot of joy here over melting snow.

2. A Good Landlord. In the first cold snap of the season, our pipes froze – not once, but twice. Then the furnace broke. Our landlord paid to have these fixed – quickly. #landlordforthewin

3. Friends. I admit it: I’m an extrovert. I like my space, but I really do like being around people. It gives me energy. Having friends in my home is good for me, and I don’t do it as often as I would like. We were able to do that this week, and I’m thankful.

4. New words. I was reading an article about anger (another story for another time perhaps) and I came across a new word – backpfeifengesicht – a face in need of a slap. Where has this word been my entire life?!?!?

5. Older Kids. Usually if I think about going back to uni at a later stage in life, I feel sad over lost time – lost career progression. But now that I’m working, I never have to worry about daycare and my kids do chores. It’s a good time for a career.

6. Dogs. Pets are expensive, so I recognize my privilege in being able to afford them. My dogs bring a different vibe to my house – unbridled excitement and a zest for life that’s contagious. They are fantastic.

7. Watching my partner play piano. Have you ever had the chance to observe someone in their element? Watch them excel? I married a musician who enjoys music for and by himself so I don’t get to do this very often. This week I got to watch him, to listen to his gift, and it filled me with joy.

Socrates is famously quoted as saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

It’s a little intense and I’m sure we could get into a philosophical discussion over the ultimate value of life, but it’s a good reminder to stop and think.

This week, why not examine your life a little? Even in the dark of winter, I’m sure there’s a highlight or two.

Andrea Koop,
B.Com., Class of 2018

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