- Facing problems head-on instead of escaping from reality to avoid stress
- Having confidence and being self-aware nixes the need to be jealous or wary of a significant other's social circle, or worse, projecting one's insecurities on another person
- The lack of value of learning something if it would unlikely pose a drastic change to one's life, and further entails no benefit nor loss
- The significance of taking care of oneself via the latte joys in life, even if the reward is as simple as a can of cold beer after a long day
- Embracing the joys associated with interactions of "my people" rather than new faces
- Accepting that not every situation can be changed, and learning to be alright with the discomfort
- Taking opportunities at one's most dire and taking a leap of faith in response to others' sincerity
- Trusting the results of one's own hard work, despite lacking trust in oneself as a person
When readymade renditions could not be located at Loblaws, matters were, naturally, taken into my own hands. My request for dry pasta was met with a box of De Cecco fusilli instead of the standard Unico packages, much to my surprise. The premium-looking box and "Product of Italy" label raised eyebrows, for it shouted "Alert: Expensive!" from all angles.
In reality, the item was on clearance, thus cheaper than our typical budget pick, but superior in quality. Cooked in salted water to a consistency between al dente and soft HK Café spaghetti, the beautiful, swirled specimens retained their shape throughout the mixing and tossing process that would await them.