Last night, I had the great pleasure of curling up with Stephen and our cat Mouse after putting Lucas to bed to watch Julie and Julia. When the film was first released, I received so many emails from readers, friends and family telling me that I had to see this movie. Now I understand why.
The parallel stories of these two amazing women mirrored my life in so many ways as it probably does for millions of writers out there in the world holding on dearly to a dream of one day being published. As I watched the journeys of Julie Powell and Julia Child, of course I couldn’t help reflecting on my own over the last two years. I was reminded that all writers walk up and down reality lane every single day, wondering, “Am I crazy to be doing this?” It was comforting to know that not only was I not alone but this has been the journey forever for so many female writers.
What I also loved about the film is the accurate depiction of the grand level of pleasure that comes from writing. Writing is delicious. I mean it. If I could chew and taste some of the words that I love, I’d do it. And although life as a writer is challenging, sometimes lonely and always confusing, I would not change a thing about it. I started this blog two years ago and it’s brought me more satisfaction than I ever imagined. Really expensive dark chocolate kind of satisfaction.
As Julia demonstrated with her food, you have to love it, and when you reach that level of yumminess with any passion you know its worth it.
In the spirit of sharing recipes, here are three lessons I just learned which I think are worth sharing:
Lesson #1. Everything that is good takes time. Whether it’s making Boeuf Bourguignon, writing a book or mastering your marriage, getting it right takes time It also gets better with time.
Lesson #2. There is a whole lot of fear that goes along with writing anything — a blog, a book , even a report or a piece of correspondence. Every time, the fear requires that you take that big giant leap and start writing, one word at a time. That’s all it takes. So all you “closeted” writers reading this post, this take a moment and write something. Do it. I mean it. I’m watching.
Last but least, Lesson #3. There’s no such thing as not being able to cook. We all can cook and like everything creative it just takes a big cup of passion with a pitch of courage and a dash of patience and we all can create amazingly tasty dishes in our lives as long as we follow the recipe. Recipes are key.
Tomorrow I will make the Boeuf Bourguignon …what will you try?
And if you are still looking for a unique inspiring Christmas gift for a friend in search of herself, pick up Julie and Julia. I give it two thumbs up.
Bon appétit everyone!