Can there really be redemption for people who do the absolute worst things in life? Do they even deserve it? A really heavy question for you to ponder on this morning, but I thought I’d start today’s entry with something that’s really on my mind at the moment.
I’ve been watching season two of The Morning Show on Apple TV, and I guess with that question being one of the main things the series aims to ask its viewers, it’s been hard not to think about. The show is truly masterful in its way of portraying the complexity of humanity as ugly and transparent as it can be. It depicts a world where no one is perfectly good nor completely evil. A world where no one is absolved for their blissful ignorance nor are they simply patted on the back for turning their eyes away from the misdeeds of their neighbours. Nothing is too simple, and nothing is too complicated whilst everything can simultaneously be simple and uncomplicated. In addition, the show does an even better job at not trying to tell you what to think about these puzzling characters. It hands you the telescope, advises you to watch carefully, then seats at the corner with its arms folded and a silent input. I freaking love that.
Of course, this is not meant to be a rant about how much I love The Morning Show and it’s not even meant to be an actual review of the show. Frankly, it’s been occupying my mind and it only makes sense that if I am to recount my Bitesize Wonders this week, this would be at the top of the list.
When I sought to capture pure moments on a page at the start of the year in an attempt to practice gratitude in an active way, it didn’t occur to me how much it would really impact my day to day life. According to my goals and intentions for the year, I decided I would keep a gratitude journal once a week because I felt like it was the most realistic number of times I could actually commit to long-term. Plus, my whole aim in setting them was to make them as realistic and doable as possible. I mean, how does one go from barely practising gratitude to aiming to do it as often as a subconscious habit?
I genuinely thought I’d struggle to take stock of the little big moments that make my days a bit more radiant, but it’s been the opposite actually.
These days, I’ve been catching Bitesize Wonders in the moments they happen, not just when I sit down to reflect on them over the weekend. The thought carefully pops up: ‘This right here is a Bitesize Wonder’, and the corners of my mouth go up as the realization takes root in my mind.
I guess the way to build a good habit really is consistency after all so with that in mind, I’ll definitely do all I can to keep it up. Let’s get into it then. Allow me to share with you a few Bitesize Wonders that made me even an ounce of happy this week.
- Heart piercing timely portrayals that draw up intricate and entangled souls of at times – most times – inherently individualistic animals that are human beings. I’m two months late to the second season of the Morning Show after I thoroughly enjoyed its first in late 2020. I recall raving about it in my monthly media roundup back then too and I couldn’t shut up about how much I loved Billy Crudup as he took on the role of Cory Ellison. Well, he doesn’t disappoint at all as the character is once again shown in a dynamic light; yielding even greater power and likewise bearing greater responsibilities. I guess the reason I love this character so much is because I’m certain the way Cory is portrayed must go beyond what was scripted when putting together of the show. The mannerisms. The way he plays with the camera, tugs at the heart of viewers just to make them incredibly uneasy. Charming yet deceitful. A coy deviousness that makes every next step unpredictable.
- The aroma of a well-lit candle that engulfs my room as I put my feet up at the end of the night. My scent of choice, you ask. &Chai’s handcrafted Signature soy candle which I never get sick of.
- The Joker and the Queen. I guess I could call this Taylor’s Version too.
The song was already a favourite on Ed’s ‘Equals’ album but with Taylor’s voice and lyrics the beautiful ballad gets taken to a whole ‘nother level of beautiful and I’m totally here for it.
- Hitting the gym consecutively for two weeks should not be a big deal, but for me it really is. Since the pandemic started, I’ve found it so hard to get back into a good rhythm when it comes to the exercise. Something I absolutely loved doing regularly became too hard a task to even think about not to mention getting out and doing. I managed to book another workout session, get into my gym clothes, and get my foot moving again. There were second thoughts and loud groans as I put on my shoes, but I did it anyways and that’s a Bitesize Wonder worth noting.
- The voice notes now residing in my friend’s phone. I was not coerced or made to do it in any way, but I did send her a bunch of random highlights she did not ask for from my karaoke session. If it’s ever held against me as a threat, well, that one was all on me!
- It was certainly a big week in k-entertainment. Not only did BIGBANG announce they will finally be making a long-awaited comeback this spring (I’m so ready, but then again, I’m so not!), the leads of undoubtedly one of my favourite Korean dramas, Crash Landing On You, announced they are tying the knot too. Fairytales really do exist, huh?
- Nothing beats a hot shower at the end of the day. Simply, nothing.
- Curling up under a heavy blanket with a new book in hand in search for cosy warmth and an eagerness to walk into a new world of fiction. I’m threading carefully, unsure whether I like the door I just opened but I’m always ready for the exploring.
I’m looking forward to the new week… what have been some Bitesize Wonders of yours?
Your restless romantic roamer