How the Olympics Have Inspired Me to Eat More
I'd say we're getting pretty good at this Lazy Genius thing.
Every day, you guys share with me how you no longer feel guilty for not mopping your floors and that you're easier on yourself when you screw up. Both beautiful lessons, my friends. When you get a taste of being lazy about the right things, it's hard to go back.
But I've hit a Lazy Genius crisis.
I watched The Great British Baking Show and learned all these lessons. Then the Olympics started, and I see people push themselves past their limits for one single moment of possible victory. Those cats werk, and per my Olympic usual, I've become inspired.
I've never been a fan of doing things the hard way, but I'm starting to wonder if sometimes it might be worth it. Maybe it is for you, too.
My greatest love, outside of my family and my Netflix queue, is baking, and I usually keep it stupid easy. Three-ingredient sorbet? Check. Insanely easy peanut butter crunch candy? All day, son. And if I want something that requires washing dishes, like cookies, I always bake the same recipes so at least I don't have to think. I'm really good at, like, nine things.
Then I heard one of the GBBS contestants say, "Yes, I bake all the time. Sometimes it turns out and other times it's a bit of a mess, but I always learn something from it though, don't I?" and then proceeded to jolly good her way around the tent.
Oh, flour-covered British lady, you might have just changed my life.
My desire to be lazy has kept me from getting better at something I love.
Here's the thing. We all have something we really dig - baking, knitting, writing, swimming - and there's nothing wrong with sticking to what we know. But I've noticed my own tendency to take the lazy way by default and ignore the craft because it's hard.
- You're a runner but afraid to try rock climbing.
- You bake great chocolate chip cookies but have never baked your own pie.
- You love writing on your blog but can't imagine attempting a short story.
- You volunteer in your kid's classroom but don't think you could ever make it on the school board.
We want to be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try hard things, especially if they make us better at what we already love. Simone Biles clearly was born with a natural ability to jump high, but she wasn't born with thighs that could kill ten men. Girlfriend worked for it. She practiced various skills which made her better at the craft of gymnastics. I do not have Olympic level dedication to sugar and butter, but I'll never know if I can make pate a choux dough if I don't try.
So I'm on a mission to become a better baker, even though it means dirty dishes and bigger pants. It feels weird, y'all, to work hard at something I've always been lazy about, but I'm excited to try.
What about you? Where have you stayed lazy just because it's easy? Is there something new you're ready to work hard for?
P.S. If you want to follow along with me as I try and become a baking genius, I woke up an old Instagram account from my Sugar Box days that you can follow @boxupthehappy. I'll post everything I try, even the stuff that sucks. You have to fail to become a genius, right? At least with baking, you still get to eat.