There is a flippable book on my work desk. Today it is turned to the following saying; "Mommy, when I grow up I want to be a total bitch just like you."
My mother always says, 'Mary, you look like such a normal person and then you open that mouth.' Thanks Mom... 'I am who I am.' Is my reply. Isn't "owning" who we are part of "growing up?" Only by taking ownership of who we are can we grow as a person. So, 'Who am I?' is a good question to exam today.
Each of us has a story. We, all of us, are products of our environment. We become psycho killers or cooks. We become fierce or flounder. We become directed or lost. Sometimes, we are a mixed bag of all these qualities. I tend to cook with psychotic and fierce intensity which I allow my love of my family (and cooking in general) to direct.
I had an opportunity to meet Sara Moulton recently. (If you live under a rock, Sara Moulton is a cooking rock star! She is as kind and patient as she seems on her PBS television show, "Sara's Weeknight Meals" too.) I got to ask Sara what she loves most about cooking and she asked me in return. We had the same answer! We both love cooking for our families and those we love. I also got to ask her if it is 'normal' to think about food and cooking all the time. (You know, read about it, watch cooking shows, think about it, dream about it.) She said, 'YES! It's called "Passion!"' Whew! Sara said she too dreams about food. Double 'WHEW!'
Direct the manic energy of your inner psycho killer with love and passion to release your inner rock star and share that with the people you love. If that passion is cooking, writing, photography, gardening, learning, exploring, whatever.
What are you passionate about? Please share what makes you tick in the comments section.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor