I watched a movie last night with my hubby. You may have heard of it; it’s called Julie & Julia and it stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I’d had it recommended to me several times, and found it offered at the library and…I’m SO glad I watched it.
And here’s why.
The movie is actually two stories in one. How Julia Child became “Julia Child” was really interesting to me; I really didn’t know very much about her and enjoyed seeing that even someone of her expertise wasn’t always an expert. In fact, she didn’t even know what she wanted to do and went from one hobby to another before she pursued her passion.
The other story is about an average housewife; a regular homemaker who found herself frustrated and unfulfilled in her everyday life and wondering what she might be able to do to help herself find that spark, the passion she was missing. She was a huge fan of Julia Child and loved to cook; her husband suggested that she start a blog about cooking. (She was also a writer though not working in that capacity). So, she undertook a challenge-type project: to cook her way through Julia Child’s cookbook in one year, blogging as she went.
The movie intertwines these stories and shows their parallels in a most delightfully entertaining way.
And now that I’ve promoted the movie, I’ll tell you why I really enjoyed it.
Both of these women, like me, “didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up.” At least, that’s how I feel. I know what I love to do, I know what I long for, but I don’t know how to put it all together and how it’s supposed to look in the end. And in the meantime days, weeks, and months go by without my moving forward and working on the things for which I have a passion.
I really like blogging. Part of that is because I love to teach, and have a passion for helping people learn about health. I also am just like you; I struggle with changes and enjoy the feeling I get from knowing I’ve got friends out there learning and growing , just like I am.
Another side of it that I think really helps me more than it might help whoever is out there reading this is that I really love to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I’d say “I love to write”, but I’m not a writer and never aspired to be one. However, I do indeed like to type it and send it “out there.” For me. Sure, I like to know that there’s someone out there who enjoys reading what I write. But even if NOBODY reads my blog, I want to write it, because it helps me be a better me. It’s an outlet for my creativity, a commitment to a project of which I can be proud.
So, what can I do to make the progress I like to make? I’ve probably mentioned it in another post, but the main thing I need to do is to not be a perfectionist. Just like Flylady says, perfectionism really does rob your life of joy. If I have something I want to share, then I should do it even if I don’t have the time to do research and answer the questions I may pose. And even if my post doesn’t directly relate to health and wellness, I should not skip it. I do not have the time to run more than one blog and so I’ve got to put it in this one or I won’t write it at all.
I look forward to doing this more often again.
What’s a passion/desire/hobby/goal of yours that you’ve been putting off/neglecting/shying away from that you can start (or re-start) now (or soon)?