Last summer, shortly after I moved to Hintonburg, I found myself perusing a selection of succulents at the grocery store. I had always been fascinated by the plants but had never brought myself to actually purchasing one. They can be as cheap as $5, but I didn’t know if I could commit myself to buying one and running the risk of killing it.
Now, less than a year later, I have seven succulents scattered throughout my apartment. They’re thriving and so am I, as I revel in my newest
obsession hobby. I have been reading anything and everything about succulent care, wandering through local plant stores (with my boyfriend holding my hand to ensure I don’t splurge my life savings on succulents) and taking care of the ones I own. It’s been fascinating and wonderful and frustrating to learn how these guys need particular love.
Earlier this week, I went to a terrarium-building workshop by the Fine Gardening Group at a local pub with my closest friend. We each built a little home for three new succulents and chatted about our lives.
Me, trying to decide what I’m doing after graduation, and she, recovering from an awful breakup. At the end of the night, each of us with a new succulent home in-hand, made the decision to reserve our Tuesday nights for self-care and spending time together.
Prioritizing friendships and self-care can be difficult, particularly when life gets busy. But what are we so busy doing? To me, spending time making a succulent home with my best friend takes priority over anything else I could be doing. My succulents, funny as it may seem, remind me to slow down and take care of myself. Succulents don’t need a lot of attention and care, but they do need the right attention and care. Some need only be watered once a month, while others need watering slightly more often than this.
I don’t need a lot of self-care, I just need the right amount. A short walk, sitting down with a good book, a phone call to mom or dad,
buying a new succulent, whatever. So, every Tuesday night will now be dedicated to spending time with my best friend, doing something creative.