While photographing some blueberry streusel muffins today, a thought crossed my mind: I’m happy. Right at this moment. Right now while I’m taking pictures of these motionless muffins, I feel pretty dang delighted. When did taking a million pictures of food and then writing about it become something I enjoy doing on a Sunday afternoon?
I started writing on Tackling Toast as a way to document my cooking adventures. More recently, I’ve decided to challenge myself to posting to this blog at least three times a week. Posting frequently means I’m spending more time recipe testing, photographing, and writing - all of which I’m enjoying.
Recently, I read an essay by Paul Graham on doing what you love. It’s a straightforward and easy read that contains many helpful take-aways (a tone while you’ll find in his other pieces).
He writes, “It used to perplex me when I read about people who liked what they did so much that there was nothing they'd rather do. There didn't seem to be any sort of work I liked that much. If I had a choice of (a) spending the next hour working on something or (b) be teleported to Rome and spend the next hour wandering about, was there any sort of work I'd prefer? Honestly, no.”
Tell me about it! I still don’t totally know what it is I’d really enjoy doing.
Paul then follows up with suggestions on how to tell if you’re on your way to doing what you love. “Another test you can use is: always produce… “always produce" is also a heuristic for finding the work you love. If you subject yourself to that constraint, it will automatically push you away from things you think you're supposed to work on, toward things you actually like. "Always produce" will discover your life's work the way water, with the aid of gravity, finds the hole in your roof.”
Do I want to be a full time food-blogger? No. But there are parts of the process that I enjoy immensely and could potentially see myself working in (such as content writing, instruction, recipe testing, photography). Working on this blog, “always producing”, has shown me what I quoted above - that the more you create, the more you learn what you like. Paul sums it up quite simply by saying, “If you want to stay happy, you have to do something.” Yes.
Have a fabulous week, ya'll!