This is the end. Of the the Mind Over Mushroom Challenge, that is. The last few days have been tough. I designed it that way so it would give me a chance to build up to the meals that would be the most trying. So at least I got that right. However, tonight wasn’t so bad. I piled up a variety of mushrooms, cooked them whole and ate them. Simple as that.
Also, I was allowed to use a fork. Being able to cut the mushrooms rather than bite into them like finger food does make a difference for me. The texture didn’t seem as bad as it usually does and the taste was completely okay. A month ago I was thinking I was an idiot for taking on this challenge. Now, I’m glad I did. I pried my mind open and it was a good thing. (There’s a lesson in that, folks.)
I won’t say that I like mushrooms. I know that I still prefer not to eat them, but I also know that I don’t have quite the same revulsion as I did before. Perhaps, in time, this too would change. Eating mushrooms every day is a bit tedious. There were many days where my longing for some other form of food had nothing to do with my aversion for mushrooms. You know that old situational question? If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Your answer doesn’t even matter because if you choose your favourite food – it will soon become everything but your favourite food. You’re screwed no matter what. This was almost like that. Mushrooms, mushrooms, and more mushrooms.
However, by resigning myself to my fate it allowed me to bring down my barriers and gave me the chance to overcome the hatred. There is definitely something to be said for facing your fears head on. This might seem like a goofy little challenge trying to eat something I hate, but the implications are much more widespread than that. I really want to stress that what I went through can be applied to a lot of other situations where it’s not just about fear, but perspective. That’s the big thing. Perspective. My family would never think that I would ever do this. They’re the ones who know just how innate my issue with mushrooms is, but I tried it and my perspective has changed. It doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of perspective we’re talking about – that’s an impressive thing.
It does make you think you are capable of anything. You might have specific situational restrictions, but nothing is harder to overcome than the way you think about something. If you can do that, can’t you do anything?
Today’s Fungus Feast:
Roasted Mushrooms: chanterelles, white mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, shimeji mushrooms, portobello mushroom, garlic, smoke, salt, and pepper