Saturday, January 10, 2009
I like mustard. I know this doesn't seem like a big deal, but for YEARS I didn't like mustard. I always thought of myself as a mayo person. Maybe I tried mustard once when I was 15 and decided I didn't like it. I'm not really sure. I just know that it has been on my forbidden list for a very long time. I'm 29 now though, so 14 years is a long time to hate something. I love Subway sandwiches and I like dressings on my sandwiches. Since I started losing weight I've been experimenting with just a little bit of mayo, light mayo, fat free mayo, etc...because....you know....I don't like mustard.
And then it occured to me today while I was in Subway that I haven't tried mustard in over a decade. How did I really know if I didn't like it? I thought I hated running for years but today I ran 100 laps (12.5 miles) at the gym just because it made me happy. The first time I tried sweet potatoes it was in a Christmas casserole and I didn't really like it. Still don't, but I tried just baking sweet potatoes and now I LOVE them. And I would be less stressed about my mayo usage if I could make peace with mustard. So I gave it a try (just a little bit though) and it was pretty good! Maybe next time I'll try the other kind of mustard.
The point is we get ourselves stuck in these cycles. The "I can'ts" - I can't run, I can't get up early, I can't drink less than 2 sodas a day, etc... And there's the "I don't likes" - I don't like to run, I don't like mustard, I don't like water, I don't like to go walking, I don't like skim milk, etc....
Really though? As I discover more and more things in life I CAN do and that I LIKE, I wonder how many other people out there really can't do something or really don't like something. Or are they like I was (and can still be)? Just stuck in a cycle, stuck in some habits, and unwittingly closed off to the idea that if they gave it just a small chance maybe they will like it?