I like to think that I’m a risk-taker, an adventurer, an unabashed embracer of all things unusual. After all, I left a secure job and took on a very chancy and difficult career; have traveled the world to England, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and other faraway lands; and (most difficult and adventuresome of all) I’ve raised two kiddos by myself.
I like to think I’m the sort of woman who looks challenges in the eye and doesn’t blink. And usually, I do just that . . . except for one small thing. The common Brussels sprout.
I know, I know — it makes no sense. After all of the adventures and difficult decisions I’ve made, how could I be hesitant to try a simple vegetable? I don’t know, but I was.
Until yesterday. Finally, after hearing yet again how healthy Brussels sprouts are, I took my uncertainty into both hands, went to the farmer’s market, bought a handful of Brussels sprouts, and brought them home. Then I scoured the internet for a recipe and finally decided on something simple … chop off the dark end, toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.
So I cooked them. And then I ate them. And — to my chagrin — I LIKED them.
And to think I’ve been actively avoiding those little suckers for a good twenty years now. Why? I ask myself. Why?
There have been a few other things I was afraid to try that, when I did, I loved them. A few other foods I either didn’t want to try or liked, but was afraid to fix them at home — eggplant, tofu, my grandmother’s pecan pie recipe (It will never taste as good as hers). And a few activities — yoga (I just knew I’d fall over and make a fool of myself), hiking a medium level trail (it wasn’t easy, but I did it), and rock climbing (which was actually a LOT of fun). Sometimes, when you face something you’re a little hesitant to try, the best thing you can do is just close your eyes, hold your breath, and jump in.
What was your ‘Brussels sprout’ experience? Are there any activities that you’ve wanted to do or places you’ve wanted to go, but were hesitant to try them? Did you ever try them? What one challenge – either a food, an activity, or a place – would you like to face in the coming year?