It’s been a while since I’ve taken the chance on writing. I’ve come to my blog multiple times and have started entries and then delete them within minutes. I wouldn’t say it was for lack of inspiration or for lack of nothing to say, but perhaps because the message wasn’t ready to be articulated. Lately, I’ve had some inspiration.
The other evening I was driving home from work and listening to my favorite jazz station. After a while, a commercial aired that said “Meet ‘so-and-so’, he’s a chef. This is his dish. It is a pudding made of avocado, dates, ‘yadda, yadda’. Meet other artists who are entrusting their skill to Watson. Artists, scientists, etc, etc, who are reaching higher levels of thinking because of the complexity of Watson’s ability”. Ok, so this wasn’t the exact script, but you get the idea. I was appalled, taken back, and became really concerned. On the other side of the spectrum, WXPN has a funding commercial that says “No algorythms, just rhythms. Vinyl at heart.” This one restored my faith in mankind and got me thinking…
So why am I so concerned about the first commercial? Aside from my fear of robots (don’t ask), I have a bigger fear of losing trust in myself. If I can’t trust my passion, my instinct, my ability, my craft, my dreams, my goals, myself, I sure as hell can’t trust anyone else’s. What do I do? I take this idea to the kitchen.
Let’s be honest, not everything I or anyone else cooks always comes out delicious. There have probably been more gastronomical failures than successes and we are not to become afraid of these. Instead, the failures should be held in the highest regard and praised. “I gave it a shot and it didn’t work. The next shot I give it, if I don’t hit it, I’ll be a hell of a lot closer.” In life, as with ingredients, we take chances on new ideas, amounts, concepts, and flavors. It’s how we grow, how we evolve, how we learn, and how we survive. It’s really how we feed our fire that keeps us going.
Last week I made the decision to dive into my next level of education. I have to take my GRE’s and 5 pre-req courses in order to get into Drexel Universities Masters of Nutrition. This was a hard decision to make since it wasn’t the original path I had set out to take. In fact, it’s slightly more expensive (thousands and thousands of dollars more), not online, and not promising me an internship at the end. So why am I doing it? Because I trust myself. Because I mulled it over for months and tore my mind apart and wrote the pros v. cons list. Because I questioned and did my homework and called them directly. Because I left my career and my home to become a freaking Registered Dietitian and I cannot give up. I could go on and on and on, BUT what I didn’t do is ask Watson. Now, will I get into Drexel? I freaking hope so. And, if I don’t? Then I’ll figure it out at that point.
This may be a little long winded and you may be wondering why this upsets me so. It’s plain and simple: I don’t want our culture to stop trusting itself. I don’t want our society to forget that it isn’t just numbers and facts that go into decisions, but it’s heart and feeling and the thrill of the unknown. What does this have to do with food? A lot, actually. Our food system is already highly industrialized, do we need to let our creativity become processed, too?
Say “NO” to processing. Trust on.
All of this thinking makes me thirsty. So, here’s a high-fiber, GI scrubbing, Green Smoothie… use your imagination and play with the amounts of each ingredient to your own liking:
Spinach, Avocado, Frozen Mango, Walnuts, Grated Ginger, Low-Fat Yogurt, Pineapple Juice, and then some kind of extra liquid to thin it out (I used Almond/Coconut but sometimes I use green tea, which is quite amazing)
…I even got my fiance to drink it! Who’d have thunk!