... and a recipe from The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry later on tonight. Yes, this book has some recipes in it too.
Starting over or starting something new seems to be a terrifying thought to most of us. I mean we think about moving somewhere or trying something new but then the dark thoughts start too creep in.
Dark thoughts go like this...
The I'm not good enough. [I really despise this one because I suffer from this one the most]
What will so and so think?
I don't have enough money.
Am I being selfish?
What about my family?
Personally, I think we love books like Kathleen Flinn's because we are scared to change. It is easier for someone else to take that risk and overcome that inertia we feel so we can read about it and savor someone else's victory as our own. The only way most people decide to move their life in a different direction is when something such as losing a job or a death to make us contemplate where we are in this world and what kind of life we strive for. Most of us can't do it alone. I know I can't. I need my own cheering squad to get me going.
Ms. Flinn [look at me going all New York Times on you] had her then boyfriend, now husband Mike. When she returned home to London from vacation and found out she was laid off from her job Mike said, 'No, you shouldn't come to Seattle. Because what I really think is that you should put your stuff in storage, go to Paris, and study at Le Cordon Bleu.' and then Ms. Flinn did what all of us would do, the dark thoughts crept in. She thought she'd never get another job, gotta pay the bills, ect. Then Mike told her one other thing, 'Sure you will, just go do this first. Why not? You're not married, you don't have kids, and now you don't have a job. Do you want to be on your deathbed, wondering why you never went.'
And there you go... she has her own cheering squad. Someone who said, 'Hey! I believe in you. Be happy. Take a risk. Believe in yourself. I'll support and love you NO. MATTER. WHAT.'
I don't want to give away the rest of the book, this isn't CliffNotes and Ms. Flinn has to make a living by selling books. Go pick up a copy because I'm starting to feel like Ms. Oprah.
and the winner is....
Tanya from Take The Cannoli
*you're just going to have to trust me on this until I learn how to screen capture stuff.
Here is her comment: 'When I was single, I fantasized about moving to Italy and going to culinary school there. I am in love with the people, food, and culture. Now, I would love it if my husband and I could just pick up and move to the west coast. Apparently I just really want to move.'
Tanya please email me at evilchefmom @ aol .com with your address so I can ship off all your new found goodies.
Everyone else.... thank you for leaving comments. It was really fascinating to read what you would do, from helping the elderly to cooking school to traveling the world and learning from spiritual masters to the peace corps. I'm amazed at how different and varied your remarks were. So my next question is, how do we go about making some changes that would make our lives more fulfilling? I made a couple steps toward the goals I have set for myself but it took some of my biggest cheerleaders to show me the way. I promise I won't keep you in the dark for very much longer but for now it's baby steps.