I watched a PBS American Masters episode on Julia Child last evening. I have also seen the movie Julie/Julia. I find some particularly inspirational in her story. She had no idea how to cook prior to her attending culinary school in France. She had to work hard, it did not come naturally but she was passionate about it nonetheless. Right there... she was passionate but it did not come naturally. I always assumed that what ever your passion was it would then come naturally, once you found it, of course. How to put that?
1. Your skills and natural abilities may not necessarily support your chosen passion, exactly... She did not have natural skills towards cooking itself but she had amazing talents when it came to making it accessible to anyone... teaching it, writing about it...
2. She also started later in life. Cooking for the first time when she was 32 but not attending the Le Cordon Bleu until she was 40 and then Mastering the Art of French Cooking wasn't finally published until she was 50. If memory serves, she spent 7 years just writing and re-writing that book. This also provides inspiration and hope, starting later in life is OK!
3. She followed her passion and did not apologize. She also did not have children.
These are my comments on someone who inspires me. I've heard it said that we are shy of proper role models and mentors not to mention modern saints and heroines to emulate and look up to. I guess I beg to differ. I found this life story perfectly moving and heroic, pertinent and relevant... and right under my very nose!
"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." Julia Child
Laurie Anne McCauley
Did that make you feel better?
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