Make Your Own Breakfast
We often spend our lives moaning and groaning about how we can’t do this and that because of other people. Our lives aren’t what we want it to be coz of our parents, spouses, siblings, society blah blah.
You want to change? Make your own breakfast
Are you 21 & above? You are literate enough to read this? Then make your own breakfast.
That’s right. Get the hell out of bed, stop waking up 10 minutes before you need to leave for work, uni, classes whatever and make your own breakfast. It’ll take you a maximum of 30 mins to put in that effort. Yes 30 minutes that will make a difference in your life. Coz when you start the day with doing something that you are in control of, you will stop allowing and assuming that others need to be in control or do for you what you need to do for yourself.
Are you into eggs? Boil them, fry them, poach them or scramble them. It’ll take you 10 minutes.
Oats or cereal? 5 minutes tops.
If you are into kadala, cowpie, mung beans etc. just leave them to soak overnight and boil them in the morning. 15 – 20 minutes.
Fruits and smoothies? 10 – 15 minutes max.
If you’re into rice and curry, then get up at least 45 minutes before to cook, meal prep the night before by cutting the veges and the meats and marinating the meat overnight.
If you can’t be bothered with hot hot food, then cook the night before, put it in the fridge and warm it up and eat in the morning. Morning it’ll take you 10 minutes.
Roti & pancake fan? Make the dough or batter the previous day and keep it in the fridge. Even if you want to make it from scratch it’ll take you 30 minutes max. Been there done, that.
Do what it takes. Stop saying, my mother, my sibling, my maid, my avatar are doing it for you. Stop venturing into pastry shops and bakeries hoping that they will have what you want, only to be sorely disappointed. Take charge of your life and do it for yourself. You know why? Coz you are allowing yourself to remain like a child without being the independent adult you want to be. Food is a vital part of our existence and if we allow it to be controlled by others, we really cannot be who we want to be and need to be. We will be guided and directed by the rules of others albeit subconsciously. And the first meal of the day matters. If you are a parent with toddlers and infants, then it’s a different story. But that is not forever.
Yes the washing up isn’t fun. But it’s worth it. It’s what you wanted and you got it. So the consequences – i.e. washing up – is a worthy price to pay. If you have a significant other you can do this together. Which is great for bonding too. I remember a time as a child when my parents would make their morning coffee together and spend time chatting after which my dad would make our school snacks. But you can do this on your own, with your family or whoever. You will find yourself experimenting with the food you want to eat. Trying out stuff. Even healthier options which traditional families won’t be into trying out. (Try asking them what they think of Chia seeds, avocado on toast and smoothies). You will be in control. Which is how your life should be. Not a series of unfortunate events that you put down to other people and their actions.