Grab yourself a mug of tea or coffee, a little snack and let’s FIKA.
FIKA is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for FIKA every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of tea (or coffee) and a little something to eat, and it can even be considered impolite not to join everyone else for FIKA.
My beverage of choice is a large mug of (preferably) Yorkshire tea, a dash of milk and between half and one sugar. I tried to give up sugar altogether, but it just ruined tea for me! Ideally my snack would of course be a large piece of cake, but when trying to be ‘healthy’ I’ll settle on fruit. Maybe I’ll sneak in some nut-butter to spread on an apple.
A big part of making time for my friends included reconnecting with one I may have lost touch with. One I’ve been hanging out with for a few years now is my good friend creativity. Creativity and I were inseparable when I was younger. We would often spend the day together; drawing, painting, making stories or going on adventures. Around High School we became more like acquaintances. Yes we had set time at school to catch up, but we were going through the motions, not really doing the things we enjoyed.
Then a new friend came into my life, work. Work was always keeping me busy, not allowing me time to spend it with my other friends, and creativity and I just lost touch, or so I thought. In the background creativity was always there, helping me tackle work problems, in a different way to my colleagues. When I realised this I welcomed creativity back into my life with open arms. Work wasn’t happy to begin with, but realised I performed better with creativity in balance with work.
Now creativity and I try to FIKA every day. Sometimes we have time for a longer more leisurely get together, which is awesome, but I also treasure the little ‘breaks’ we have too.