A perfect life— I used to tell myself that I would be happier if I had achieved certain goals. For examples, I would be delighted to have my novels on the shelves of the leading bookstores, it would be amazing when we finally got our house repainted, oh it will be perfect if I lost 10 pounds, and I would be really happy in the future when we’re living by the lake and doing nothing. Well, sometimes we think about the future so much, we forgot about the moment right here right now when we can be happy, too.
Last Saturday, after having lunch and grocery shopping at 2 different supermarkets, we drove home. It was a late afternoon so we rushed to avoid traffic hours. Everybody was on a race it seemed, and it was raining a little. As we hurried along a busy road, we drove pass a guy on a bike. My husband and I were struck by how happy the man looked. He was singing and cruising causally on the side of the road. His face was bright just like how I used to be walking home after the year-end exams. We didn’t know him, and we didn’t know anything about him, but he seemed really satisfy with life.
Did the man have everything he wanted? Had he achieved all his goals? Why was he so happy? We thought about it and realized that being happy had nothing to do with things in life, accomplishment and success. The truth is if you want to be happy, just be happy. This is not a way to be ignorant about life, but it’s about being grateful and content in every single moment in your life. We’re going to have this second only once so it’s on us how we want to look at it.
It’s not easy to flip side right away, but I’m starting to remind myself everyday to be happy. I’m concentrating about right here right now more than the past and the future. So, I begin to put an effort in making my days enjoyable. I worry less whether my books are going to sell or not, but I’m dedicating to writing quality stories. I’m not going to wait until I’ve lost 10 pounds to love my body, so I’m looking at the mirror and smile bravely now. We can’t wait forever for things to fall in places to be whole. Ultimately, we can decide to just be happy.
Okay, before I turn this post into a self-help article, another thing you can do to make your life perfect right here right now is eating what you love. Some people think cooking is such a hard work, to be honest, it is. But it’s also fun, productive, and it can be effortless when you get used to it. Cooking is therapeutic when you don’t think of cleaning afterward. I love home-cooked food because it’s exactly how I want it. I like juicy pieces of chicken and mushrooms that are tangled in the mess of hot, greasy, fat noodle. This stir fried noodle with chicken and mushroom may seem like a simple dish, but it’s my absolute comfort food. It makes my kitchen smell amazing, and it always reminds me of good food in the night markets in Thailand, making me really really happy just thinking about it.
Stir Fried Noodle with Chicken and Mushroom
100 gm Dried Flat Rice Noodle- soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
100 gm chicken- sliced
200 gm white button mushrooms- sliced
4 cloves garlic- chopped
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 green onion- sliced
2 eggs- beaten
2 tbsp oil
Heat oil in the pan over high heat and add garlic. Stir fry until aromatic, and the garlic should become golden.
Add chicken and stir for 30 seconds.
Add mushroom and stir for another 30 seconds.
Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar.
Add noodle and stir fry for a few minutes or until the noodle is cooked and soft.
Move the noodle to one side of the pan to make some space for cooking eggs. Add beaten eggs and gently scramble it, and then mix it really well in the noodle.
Add some green onion and ground white pepper. Give it a quick stir and turn off the heat.