If I had made a list of my child hood dreams, I admit, it wouldn’t be very impressive. I never wanted to be a firefighter or a policeman. I never had the urge to be a millionaire, and I never even thought of being a G.I Joe or Army Man. If you could see my list, you would see only two words scribbled down in that chicken scratch hand writing of mine. But only one of those words would follow me out of that first grade class room and stick with me to this present day.
By now, curiosity must be coursing through your veins, just to know what my child hood dream is. Don’t worry, I would like to inform the reader that if they have their hopes up for some amazing - world changing- job, then don’t get to excited. I want to be a chef, or as I wrote it so many years ago, a cook. Later I learned that there is a subtle difference between the two and changed the title, but that’s not important. What is important is why I chose that as my dream, when there are so many other professions out there that can make me more money and provide a better life for my self. I just find cooking relaxing and comforting, but the best thing about cooking is the reaction you get from when people taste and enjoy your food, The look of pure satisfaction as they take the first bite. That is what I love about cooking. Bringing joy to the people who eat your food. I do know that I wont be making much money but it is something that I have a passion for. I don’t want to amass a huge fortune then just sit on it for years, never spending a penny, until I die. To me that sounds, well, boring. You could say I was determined to cook.
Determination -noun, the ace of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose. I would say determination has the biggest effect on my life and my dream of becoming a chef. I would be as bold to say that I am not the only one that thinks that determination is a major factor in everything we do. Randy Pausch was determined to finish his last lecture for his kids. He was determined to leave a little bit of himself for his children, so they could see what type of person he was and so they would learn the lessons he would have thought them throughout their lives. With his determination, Pausch was able to get many of his childhood dreams and more accomplished. He lived his life to the fullest and I would bet that if he hadn’t done so, we wouldn’t have had the honor and opportunity to learn about his life. I can relate to his determination, but only on a small scare. I have a passion for cooking and I am determined to follow that passion by any means possible. I have made changes to my life and education to support that life, but there have been some situations in my life that I’ve had to learn to adapt and deal with, to continue my dream. You could say I had to be resilient.
Resiliency -noun, the ability to recover readily form illness, depression , adversity, or the like. This is a subject that I would like to just skip or not even talk about but...