A few weeks back I shared a couple of photos on Instagram from an Indian Bread-Making class I attended and I got so many questions about the class I was taking. Then this past weekend I went to Indian Cooking Class number two, and I decided to share my love of classes with you. So here goes … I loved school. I mean, really really loved school. (Yep, I was that kid.) It’s the main reason I went to law school after college (though law school is a bit more terrifying, it was fulfilling) and I just couldn’t see myself without school after graduating.
I love to learn. I need to learn. I need to be stimulated, and I need to try new things, and I need to broaden my horizons … all of the time. I came by this trait honestly. Both of my parents are education-pushers, and both taught us four kids to try new things. We were always fearless kids. We were sipping cuban coffee and eating sushi before we could swim, we each tried painting and soccer and dance and writing and whatever else looked cool in the summer and community college catalogs. My mom and I used to travel to these sewing and crafting conferences – my mom is a crafter extraordinaire (she quilts, she sews, she gardens, she paints … she’s basically really stinking cool). I’d go with her and take these crazy intensive courses, like basket-weaving and fabric-dyeing. Seriously, I can weave a basket.
Even now, I’m always trying to learn more. I read books on blogging, I attend conferences, I’m still constantly trying to get published, I want to write a book, I want to go to graduate school (the tough part is picking just one subject), I want to travel.
And my life now, life as a grown-up, is busy and hectic, and I usually forget to do those things for myself; but my mom (thank goodness for her), she forces us to try something new, no matter how small, at least every few months. This Fall, my mom, brother, and I are on an Indian Cooking kick, and it’s been so much fun. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to replicate a single thing in my own kitchen, but I’ve learned to try all sorts of new spices, and I’m eating well on the weekends. It’s also been really nice to play with my mom and my little brother, and it gets me away from my laptop (which typically sits on my lap every week-night and all weekend long). By the way, if you’re in the Miami area, you have got to take an Indian Cooking class with Ayesha – she’s amazing and talented and the classes are fantastic. (A few shots from our Vegetarian cooking class … )
The point is, keep learning. Keep growing. I’m the queen of letting my crazy schedule define my life at times; but I won’t be one of those “busy” people. I don’t want to be someone who’s so busy, they forget to live. That’s just no fun.