Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
You’ve made it now…
Sometimes that’s all it takes. One day, a monumental event strikes your life, and suddenly you jolt awake – you’ve wasted half a decade blundering through life. And you realize you have a choice to make. So you pack your bags, hop on that plane, and fly away in search of your new horizon. You’re never going back.
Just this weekend while in DC, I caught up with a friend who did just that. I’m really jealous (and proud) of that ability to make these difficult decisions – to relocate, to begin anew in a different place; to let whatever old wounds heal with time; to take hold of one’s destiny and future, and not allow the past to interfere. Our conversation was woven with delicious Ethiopian food at Dukem and gorgeous views of Meridian Hill Park. Nothing like good food and a peaceful walk in the park to revive an old friendship.
Lamb Stew, Chicken Stew, Ground Beef, Lentils, Peas, Cabbage, Cottage Cheese on Injera Flat Bread
As young adults, I think we are all drawn towards that romantic idealism. It’s part of the reason we feel the need to leave our comfort zones, and make our own mark on the world. It’s that challenge that helps us grow. As I was eating brunch earlier in the day at the Tabard Inn Restaurant on N Street near Dupont Circle, I couldn’t help but notice the special company I was in – I was surrounded by that youthful and invigorated determination to make something out of our lives. That’s why we were all there. To work toward creating our footprint on the earth. Oh, and of course to enjoy delicious food, including fresh cinnamon sugar donuts, crab cake in sweet caper rémoulade with hericot verts and fingerling potatoes, or the famous poached eggs with pork belly and fried oysters on grits.
This morning after my rush to pack up and leave DC, I understood why. The world spins too fast, and doesn’t stop for anyone. So, if you can’t keep up, it’ll spin before you even have a chance to touch ground. Thus, it’s that urgency to make that impression, that catapults us toward our destinies. On my way out, I had breakfast at Bread & Chocolate with another old friend. Over baskets of pastries, plates of french toast and salmon omelette, and cups of Lavazza coffee, it began to dawn on me that we are in such hurries to set our sails on achievement after achievement, goal after goal, that sometimes these special moments with friends are foregone. So I really appreciated the chance to take a breather from chasing my destiny and making my life goals happen, by stopping in DC, catching up with some great friends, and noshing on rich, decadent food.
Thanks to everyone who helped make my weekend awesome. While we chase our dreams and challenge ourselves to grow exponentially, let us remember to stop and savor the coffee, and smell the sweet cream melting over a warm cinnamon sugar doughnut. Our goals are important, but so are the people and places along the way.
Love from DC,
PS. Have Washington DC good eats recommendations? Leave a comment 🙂