Mind Over Mushroom Challenge, Day 25: Perspective

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 Roasted Mushroomswasn’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

Frozen Day 10: Walking Life

Temperature: -18.7 degrees Celsius

Feels Like: -27 degrees Celsius

Wind: NW 13 km/hr

I forewent the mid-day, lunch-break, after-noon trudge today and banked my time after work instead. I crossed lakes, I sat in parks, I laid tread to sidewalk, I hiked snow-covered trails, I took wrong turns, and I even stopped and back-tracked. This was all just two hours.

The more my feet move, the more I explore, the more ground I cover, and the more paths I cross, well, the more each moment outside adds to what is turning out to be an extended metaphor for my life.

We follow paths most of the time whether they are well-groomed or not much more than a set of boot prints in the snow. Sometimes, the ice catches us off-guard and we slip; other times we fall. Sometimes we walk sure-footed and confident while sometimes we take baby steps with our arms out like airplane wings. Sometimes the journey is long, sometimes it’s short. Sometimes we take wrong turns and try to bullheadedly make it work. And sometimes it does work, but most of the time it doesn’t. Sometimes we have to just stop where we are, even if it is nowhere, shrug our shoulders and turn back. And sometimes that’s okay. There is no guarantee that the path less traveled will be more rewarding, but neither is the alternative. We will all make mistakes with the direction we choose, but we’ll always end up where we need to be so long as we keep trudging along. Our way may be filled with crazy turns or dead ends, but we’re getting somewhere. Even if that somewhere is back to where we came from. After all, sometimes we head off into the great wide open searching for something only to realize we just left it behind.

Now, sometimes we need a break. Other times we need to just be still for a while. Sometimes we focus too much on the end and not enough on the moment. Sometimes we take it all for granted and sometimes we realize everything is fleeting – from the snow beneath our feet to the lives that have interwoven with ours. And, perhaps, sometimes we over think things way too much. But then again, maybe sometimes we don’t think enough.

Time: 5:19 pm – 7:15 pm

Today’s Minutes: 116

Total Challenge Minutes: 1154/3720

Ahead/Behind: -46 minutes