Monday, January 13, 2014
SO yesterday was day 3 on my 100 day commitment. The big news of the day? I like, dare I say LOVE, butternut squash! I know, I know...that's not world changing or anything but to me it kind of is. See, I've never been a huge veggie fan and have generally always stuck with the same few things from the produce section. The same veggies, the same fruits, just sticking with what I knew.
Well, while at the store the other day something strange gripped me and I felt like I just HAD to purchase a butternut squash. Why, you ask? I have no idea!!! I had never eaten ANY squash before and I had NO idea what I was going to do with one. Well, it sat on my counter for a day or two and then I opened up the Spark Recipes site and started searching. I found a simple explanation online of how to prepare one and set to work. You know what? It was DELICIOUS! Even my eight year old loved it. I was so excited with this experiment that, when I ran into the store for something today, I ended up coming out with a rutabaga in hand as well.
What do you do with a rutabaga? I have NO idea!!!!! But during this whole experiment this week I remembered a patient that I had cared for briefly while I was working in the nursing home. This elderly man in his 90s had been admitted from the hospital across the street on hospice orders and was actively dying. His daughter spent almost all day every day with him. While completing his intake I asked if he had any preferred foods. His daughter told me that his preferred food was strawberry yogurt. And then she told me that he had only tried yogurt for the first time while in the hospital that week. When I asked him if there was anything he wanted to let me know he looked at me and said, "Yeah, don't wait til you're dying to find out you like yogurt."
What an amazing insight! He could have said "Seize the day" or "Appreciate life" but, no, he put it in concrete terms that have stuck with me ever since and that I have been reminded of this week. I thank God that I found out this week that I like butternut squash, and not on my deathbed. I now have a lifetime of enjoyment to be gotten from this that otherwise would have never been open to me.
So, don't wait until you're dying to find out what life can offer you. Don't live in fear. Pick up the vegetable that you've never seen before. Try the activity that you don't think you can do. Go ahead and make that goal that you are afraid that you won't reach because if you keep waiting you might just go 90 years without knowing that you DO like yogurt!