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personal // doha

A last trip to chase the lights in the last week of our last Ramadan in Doha.

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personal // doha

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.” 

This post is really for myself. I’ve been thinking a lot about consumption and I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to consume less. It’s not that I want to withdraw; I find most of my consumption occurs at the nexus of a noisy, beautiful fray of people and things. Rather, I want to savour a few simple things. Realistically, I’m a tiny peanut in the universe with limited talents, tastes, and time.  I’d like to curate these limitations and turn them into thoughtful experiences;  to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” with zest and intention. I want to answer “No, less.” when the world around me is shouting “Yes, more!”

We quasi-celebrated Easter this past weekend. Despite the intentional lack of organized religion in the house, it was fun to mark the seasons changing and wax nostalgic about my favourite Easter hymns as a child. The girls wanted to dye eggs and so we used vegetables to create our own natural dyebaths.  It was my first time. I am not a natural cook, nor am I particularly confident in the kitchen. It takes a good 12 hours to do this properly: boil eggs, boil veg, put veg dyebaths in heatproof, deep, see through containers, carefully drop eggs in dyebaths, put dyebaths in fridge overnight and wait for hopefully pretty eggs in the morning. It’s not hard, but it’s laborious when compared to the boil, food colouring, cup job that has become the standard fare of the Western Easter Egg Experience. And I was worried that the kids would be bored.  Y’know what? They loved it. I loved it. There were moments where we were a little bored, and it was ok. We laughed, we talked, we watched the pots boil.

We dyed 7 eggs in total, made roasted vegetables for dinner from the vegetables used for the dyebaths and generally had a grand time with our few simple things. It might be a tad self indulgent and potentially boring for anyone else looking at this blog, but I want to mark these little epiphanies in the best way I know how – with my camera. So I’m sitting here, raising my glass to a slower, zesty, intentional life full of less but better. Welcome Spring, Happy Easter, and here’s a few snaps of our Easter Egg experiment.

- The quotes above are from Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

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