Late Bloomer

The other day I was reading an article about cookbooks when I came across this paragraph:

If eating were simply a necessity, pasta and salad could be dinner every night, just as jeans and a sweatshirt could be clothes every day. But just as it is never too late to start engaging with fashion (as, say, a 40-something mother might suddenly find herself wearing over-the-knee boots) it is never too late to engage with food, even food that doesn’t seem simple or familiar at first.

And I had to laugh. It hit pretty close to home. I’m “engaged,” as they say, with cooking and am not afraid to try recipes that might be considered the fashion equivalent of over-the-knee boots. However, with fashion itself, I’m solidly in the jeans-and-a-sweatshirt (or, more accurately, t-shirt) phase of my life. It might be another 20 years before I get up the courage to engage with fashion to the same extent that I am engaged with cooking. But maybe not. I’ve branched beyond the basics in other aspects of my life, always with positive results, and I don’t see why I shouldn’t keep it up.

When I was 17, I was pretty engaged in:

  • reading
  • taking tests

At 27, I feel like I’ve moved beyond the jeans-and-t-shirt level of comfort in these areas:

  • writing
  • running
  • taking pictures
  • cooking and baking
  • sewing and altering t-shirts
  • putting together train tracks

By the time I’m 47, I’m hoping to have reached a more sophisticated level of engagement (though not necessarily the over-the-knee boots level) in these endeavors:

  • seeing pictures before I take them
  • sewing and altering various types of clothing
  • other sorts of needle-work like knitting and crocheting
  • dressing myself (including over-the-knee boots, if my heart so desires)
  • running
  • mothering
  • communicating in a myriad of formats
  • editing and writing
  • cooking and baking
  • making pleasant conversation

What would you put on your lists? What kinds of things are you interested in, but not quite ready to push yourself out of your comfort zone to pursue? I’m genuinely interested. Seriously.

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2 Comments

  1. I think I need to push myself career-wise. I’ve been living on WAY too much pasta at work recently.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I hope you’re able to push yourself and feel good about it! I also hope the pregnancy is going well . . .

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  2. I think I would like to be proficient in mothering and sign language (I already do it but, I need some brushing up…) and, I’d like to think I’ll be an advocate for adoption at some point. 🙂

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    lizzie Reply:

    That sounds really cool — to be an advocate for adoption. It is so cool to think about the things that we’ll be able to do when we are older and not so consumed by taking care of little people.

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