What has candy floss (cotton candy) got to do with life? It’s a question I asked myself during my sugar infused afternoon on Sunday and I have to laugh because of all the big questions I could ask, it had to be about candy floss :)
I was at a vintage tea party and there were sweeties and candy floss available so Baby Buddha was very happy. It reminded me of being at the fairground as a child as I watched the sugar spinning around in the machine and turn into pink edible fluff. It used to fascinate me. I was even more fascinated on Sunday when I found out you could have many different flavours of candy floss. When I realised this, my excitement went off the scale. That added in with the sugar rush I must have been ecstatic! I still had no idea what candy floss had to do with life and by the end of the afternoon I was enjoying my pink edible fluff too much to care but I was going to find out…
I decided to buy extra bags of candy floss to take home to share with family and also my new found knowledge about candy floss. It was breaking news in Baby Buddha’s world.
As I drove up to my cousins’ place I strolled into their house with two bags of candy floss in my hand, greeting them with a big ‘helloooo’, except something was different this time. The place looked unfamiliar and I couldn’t see my family anywhere. I thought to myself, ‘what’s going on here then?’ It took me a second to realise I walked into the wrong house. I couldn’t believe it! I felt sorry for the poor unsuspecting neighbour. Can you imagine relaxing on the sofa one Sunday evening and in walks this random hyper Chinese woman waving two bags of candy floss at you. It was so embarrassing. I apologised and made a very swift exit. That’s all I could hear was laughing as I left so I think the neighbour saw the funny side of it thank goodness. I have to admit, once I got over the initial embarrassment, it was rather funny. What a thing to do and it’s typical that I would be the one to do it as well. I must have had candy floss brain that evening :p
This was definitely a case of ask and you shall receive the answer, in the most unexpected way. When I think about my afternoon of fun filled sweets, life can be a bit like that sometimes. It can start of joyful and sweet, whether it’s to do with a new relationship or job or maybe something else like buying a new car or something you wanted for a very long time. Things go well for a while and then something comes along your path to take you off course, except you may not realise it straightaway. And then when you do, you may wonder how you ended up in this unfamiliar place. It’s happened to me many times over and there were moments I didn’t think I would survive.
“Everything passes. Both soaring joys and crushing sorrows fade away like a dream.
However, the knowledge of having lived one’s life to the fullest never disappears.”
Even now as I go through many endings in my life, I still wonder sometimes, will life ever be sweet again? The answer is, of course it will. As I lay down the blank canvas before me, life is more unfamiliar than ever and like the candy floss, there are many flavours to choose from. Which way do I go? Which flavour is the right one to choose? More questions.
I continue to live my ever increasing list of questions. I don’t have all the answers and for me it’s about creating value each and every day. Some days I do more than others and that is ok. In life you have to have compassion for yourself and love yourself no matter where you are. I find a sense of humour helps as well. Normally I would have been mortified at what I did, walking into someone else’s house like that, but sometimes you gotta laugh at yourself. Laughter can shift the energy of even the most seemingly dire of circumstances. And when you really look closely beneath the fluff, there is always sweetness to be found. It can be any colour or flavour you choose or wish it to be and will be absolutely right for you every time.
So there you have it, this is Baby Buddha’s candy floss guide to life :)