Sunday, August 22, 2010
Have You Written Your Obituary Yet?
What I've gathered after just a few chapters is that there exists in this world every possible combination of interests. A million different types of people in this world love food - and not every one of them wants to be a chef, a food critic, or a restauranteur. For every food-lover, there is a suitable job. If you feel torn between food and... I dunno, ship-building - there is a job for you. Don't ask me what it is, but I bet this book has some ideas.
The author (who herself has explored many different careers with one common thread - food) suggests we write our own obituaries. She says we will then find out what we truly hope to accomplish in life. What we want others to say about us when we're gone, what we want them to remember us for, and what our life's work should be. I love this idea.
I want to end by saying that though I'm passionate about food, it is a hobby, and not the core of who I am. I wrote my own obituary yesterday, and it confirmed what I have known since I was five years old, though I've perhaps tried to deny it or abandon it temporarily over the years. Try writing your own obituary, and see what it tells you about your sincerest hopes and dreams.