Life is funny, isn't it? I remember one time when I was in high school I was complaining to my mom about some petty argument I had with another girl and then declared that she had effectively ruined my day. My mom just shrugged and said, "She's only ruining your day because you let her. If you just move on with your day I believe you could have a perfectly good one."
In the moment I was so angry with my mom for not taking my "side", as ludicrous as it was. Because I was a stubborn teenager I pretended that my "side" mattered but couldn't help but really think about her words for the rest of the day. It only took about 20 minutes for me to realize she was right--I wasn't even spending the day with the girl, so why should she bother me--but I think about her words even to this day.
So why am I bringing up this story, a decade later in a post about a smoothie? Well, that's because just like you can let something ruin your day if you so choose, I'm starting to believe that you can also let something make your day, as well. And that's exactly what this smoothie has done for me. It has made my day.
Life is rough and life sucks and there are so many ample opportunities to sulk and let these things ruin your days. It's true. I'm sad most of the time right now but sometimes I have to stop that sad-train and realize that being sad over devastating events is okay and that I can also be happy ... which is infinitely better than being sad.
So I started my day with a hot, long run on the beach and then stripped down and hopped into the ocean. I laid on the sand and searched for shells as the waves washed up over my feet. As I felt my skin begin to sizzle I decided it was time to leave, though I really didn't want to. So I stopped by the lifeguard station and chatted with the lifeguard for a bit, compromising between getting-out-of-the-sun and staying-at-the-beach. Then I walked barefoot back to my home and made myself this glorious smoothie. My thoughts trickled in and out of my head, a constant reminder of some of the uglier things that have happened this year, but each time one of the thoughts, the memories, bubbled up to the surface I would shrug it off like a heavy raincoat and tell myself that I'm okay. Because I live on the beach. I am healthy. I can run. I can make delicious smoothies and chat with hot lifeguards. And I just launched a small business that I am deeply passionate about.
Life is good. And it's even better when I'm sipping on this ...
Sunshine and Tropics Smoothie
- 4-5 oranges, juiced
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 cups fresh pineapple
- 1 T ginseng
- Combine everything in a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour into a fancy jar and pretend you're on the beach with me. Delicious.