I’m 32 years old and really the only thing I have accomplished in my life is being a mom. I never went to college. I never traveled the world. I never had any dreams or aspirations because I never thought I could reach them. So I just didn’t. And now at 32 years old, I struggle to know who I am and feel as though I am just watching the world go by.
Then I see a young 19 year old. Who is top of the class at culinary school and is just letting the opportunities pass by. They’re right there in arms reach, a hand starts to reach for it, then hesitates and draws back. The 19 year old and the chip on the shoulder settles with many excuses to go around about why not now.
My question exactly WHY NOT NOW?
Why not go to London and cook at a 5 star restaurant? Life back home will still be there.
Why not go and intern with Graham Elliot from Masterchef in Chicago? Home will still be here.
Why not take a leap of faith and explore the world? Family will still be here.
I am just a low man on the totem pole home cook, but I would jump at those opportunities. Going to culinary school alone, would make me over the moon! But to have these kind of opportunities is amazing and once in a lifetime opportunities.
So to all the young bucks, children, kids or teenagers! Take it from someone who wishes she made more of her life. Just a little friendly advice or encouragement.
I wish I had the opportunities you have or will have in your lives. Don’t be afraid to go out there and explore this world. Yes, it will be scary. But take that leap. Take as many opportunities that come your way. Go to London to cook with a 5 star restaurant. Or go to college in another state where they have 4 seasons. If you fall in love with that place, don’t be sad that you left us behind because we will still be here cheering you on. Leave the nest and spread your wings. Don’t ever settle in life. Make your life what you want it to be.
I wish I had to opportunity to live in a different state or country. To experience a new culture and see new things.
I wish I had a career goal and knew what I wanted to be and went for it.
I wish I had some passions and just went for it.
It’s not going to be easy but life never is. Things may not always work out how you pictured, but life never does.
In the end, you will make mistakes and you will live and learn. And you will grow!
But at least you lived your life, instead of watching it pass you by.
Because no matter what path you choose, you always end up where you need to be.