Longan Cakes

Sometimes I feel like I don’t know what my purpose is in life. I’m envious of the people who know from a very young age who they are and what they want to do in life. Growing up, I had varying interests but nothing ever stood out and let me know that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I don’t know about you but whenever I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, I find little things to do that make me feel better.

For example, I started baking longan cakes 桂圓蛋糕 for my aunt who sells them at the farmer’s market. Longan cakes are actually more like muffins than what the name suggests. They’re filled with a dried fruit called longan topped off with walnut crumbles. I guess it’s a popular dessert in Taiwan because I’ve never heard of them anywhere else.

Baking for my aunt makes me feel like I have a purpose, even if it’s something as small as helping a family member out. I don’t think this is something I want to do for the rest of my life but at least it gives me a moment of joy and hope that eventually I will figure things out.

Another positive of baking is how cathartic it is. It allows me to forget my worries and stresses for a few hours and just focus on the therapeutic nature of baking. It is so important to find something you can do that will help you de-stress, whether it be baking, working out, drawing or something else – for the sake of your own sanity!

I guess my point of this blog post is to tell you that it is okay to feel unsure about life and what you’re “supposed” to be doing. Everyone figures things out at their own pace. If you’re ever feeling lost, sometimes giving a helping hand can make you feel better, even if it’s just for a little bit.

What are some ways you deal with the uncertainties of life? I’d love to know. (:

Annie x

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