Has anyone else ever wondered what it would be like to lead a completely different life than the one you do?
There is this little tiny part of me that wants to be a hippie.
Maybe that’s why I talk so much smack about hippies.
Flash forward 30 years and my life is extremely conventional and most times really boring.
The only hippie thing left in me is the way I eat (hence the fine granola recipe below) and the fact that I don’t have a TV, but that doesn’t even count because I stream Netflix on my ipad (Grey’s Anatomy is my current obsession).
However, there is this slight fascination that I have with living by a river in a VW bus, collecting my drinking water from fresh springs, growing out my armpit hair and traveling around the country making the destinations wherever the next food co-op is.
In my fantasy, I have a slight musty smell (it’s sexy musty, not want to vomit musty) and my hair always has a flower in it and some braids. Naked little kids are running around and there is the most adorable baby nursing (these are not my kids. Although I always thought that nursing would be really cool so maybe it is my baby. Okay, it’s my baby and her name is Daffodil).
I wear homemade skirts and tops. I play the guitar because I have lots of spare time to do that, I collect rocks and feathers, and I put them on the dash of my VW. There is always a sage stick burning and a campfire every night with a flask of whisky being passed around.
This fantasy of mine is happy and I do think about it from time to time. Dropping out, doing something totally different, going against the grain (or would it be with the flow?) and just livin. L-I-V-I-N!
Whoever picked that one up needs to email me because I want to be your friend ([email protected]). And if you didn’t, see the bottom of this post for some classic footage.
I’m not having a life crisis or anything like that, I just think there’s something really freeing about the scenario that I painted (oh, I’m also a really good painter in my fantasy).
Here’s the thing though. I know I couldn’t do it.
I might last three days and then I would be ready for the camping trip fun to be over.
I hate being cold, I love my house, I love a hot shower before bed, I love my iPad, and there is little else that gives me as much pleasure as a mani / pedi combo. Boring works for me.
So, instead of selling everything I own, buying 1974 VW bus and teaching myself how to sew, I will just continue the hippie anecdotes and whole food plant based recipes.
What is your alter ego fantasy? I’m pretty sure we all have them.
Tell me in the comments below. (and then go make this recipe)
How To Make Your Own Coconut Vanilla Granola Recipe
2 cups kamut flakes (225g)
2 cups rye flakes (245g)
2 cups dried coconut (the bigger flakes, not the shredded) (100g)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (65g)
1/2 cup almond slices (60g)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (4g)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (4g)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil (35g)
1/4 cup maple syrup (70g)
2 teaspoons vanilla (30ml)
1/2 cup raisins (80g)
- Preheat oven to 300° (148°C).
- Place kamut flakes, rye flakes, coconut, pecans, almond slices, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix to combine.
- In a smaller bowl, add the maple syrup and vanilla. Set aside.
- In a small pan, heat the coconut oil until it melts and add it to the bowl along with the maple syrup and the vanilla and whisk to combine.
- Drizzle the maple syrup mixture over the flake, nut and coconut mixture and mix until evenly combined.
- Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (or two) and bake for 15 minutes.
- Take out of the oven, flip the granola and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and place in a large bowl add the raisins, stir and allow to cool.