Health point of view often keeps a lot of food choices out of our reach. But some indulgences like ones here can be enjoyed by anyone.
Bertrand Russell had a few famous notions of what it meant to live the good life. You don’t have to be a philosopher to have considered the idea, either. Even if you didn’t realize you were doing it, we all have thought about what the good life means to us. We have goals, even if we don’t state them aloud. We have fears. There are places we never want our lives to go. We have a pretty good idea of what the bad life is. No one purposely sets out to have the worst possible life. We all try to live the life that will bring us the most joy and fulfillment.
Whatever the good life really is, almost everyone agrees that it must certainly include a few indulgences and luxuries. Not everything in life has to be an absolute necessity. Some things exist for no better reason than to bring joy and delight. What some find delightful, others might find tedious. You can’t please all the people all the time. That doesn’t mean that makers of the frivolous shouldn’t give it the old college try. Not all indulgences are accessible by most people. With that in mind, here are a few that should be within reach of almost everyone at some point in their lives.
1. Really Good Chocolate
Almost everyone has had chocolate in some form or other. And almost everyone who has tried it loves it. But have you ever had really good chocolate? If the best chocolate you ever had came from a Valentine’s variety box, then you really don’t know what you’re missing. If you can’t hop on a plane and fly to Switzerland right now, go to the best online chocolate store you can find and place an order for the good stuff.
One of the things that makes chocolate the perfect indulgence is that it is endlessly versatile. You can have it plain, but that might be a bit harsh for beginners. You can have it in processed chunks as in chocolate bars. You can have it as a liquid drink. You can have it as a mixed ingredient in baked goods. You can have it as a part of savory dishes. You can have it as a dessert topping. And all of that is just the tip of the chocolate iceberg, or fountain. Another great thing about chocolate is that it is actually good for you. It can be as expensive as you can afford. But it will always be worth every penny.
2. A Great Drink
Even if you don’t like martinis (shaken or stirred!), you have access to a world of truly exotic and decadent adult beverages that range from fun to sophisticated. Even better, your indulgent drink does not have to be for adults only. Some of the best warm beverages for winter contain no alcohol. There is something special about warm drinks that transcend what’s in the container. A simple cup of warm milk can transport a person back in time to their fondest memories from the past. A cup of hot chocolate is a combination of two great indulgences.
Any warm drink in the winter can have soothing powers. It is the sort of thing you enjoy when it is dark outside and where a roaring fire has been stoked nearby. It is the stuff of camps and stories, and quiet remembrances. It is so indulgent precisely because it seems to be connected to the part of the nervous system responsible for giving us the feels. Drink up. There is more where that came from.
3. Transformative Art
Art is not just about staring at pretty pictures. Art can be transformative in surprising and challenging ways. Art can impact religious ideas, can convict your conscience, can inspire you to do more and be better, can cause wars, or cause nations to break out in peace. You have probably seen pictures of fine art. And not all art has the same effect on all people. But when you find yourself in front of the real thing, you will know it. And you will be changed.
Chocolate, a decadent drink, and a transformative work of art are all indulgences within the reach of nearly everyone on the planet. If you have yet to experience all three, make it a point to rectify that before the year is over. After all, life is too short to not enjoy a few indulgences.
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