It all started in the shower (admit it–this is where you do all of your thinking). I was mentally planning my weekend, and I knew that shopping was definitely on the agenda (along with the ubiquitous studying, of course). But what stores? Are there any coupons available? What exactly did I need? Suddenly, my mind was racing.
This is typical for me. I never have a solitary thought. Even when I appear focused on one duty (writing a blog post, for example), I am usually working on some other tasks as well (such trying to find a specific dress for a cheaper price). Needless to say, I am that person who never has less than three tabs open on my web browser.
Maybe that is why I hate disorganized clutter so much–my mind is so busy that I cannot handle an exterior mess as well.
Here is just a glimpse of the lifespan of a thought in my mind.
It’s hard to believe that I detested hot cereal at the beginning of freshman year. Oatmeal cookies were a favorite, baked oatmeal was delectable, and granola was ALWAYS in my yogurt. However, stove-top breakfast oatmeal was bland, mushy, and unappealing. When I discovered all the creative possibilities for a bowl of oatmeal, my whole mindset was altered. Now, I eat oatmeal as often as possible.
Cucumbers were another enemy of mine. For some reason, I just hated them until this past summer. One of my dad’s coworkers gave us part of her cucumber crop, and I began experimenting.
The same story can be told of hot tea, turkey, lettuce, tomato soup, green beans, and many other foods. It is amazing how our tastes change.
So amazing, in fact, that I find it bizarre when full-grown adults eat like children, when they refuse to eat anything green, when they order chicken nuggets at every single restaurant. Don’t get me wrong–there are still vegetables I do not like (celery? Eeew). I also have childlike guilty pleasures. But I don’t refuse to eat spinach, broccoli, and peas solely because I dislike collards. If you never retry a food you once disliked, you will never realize that there comes a time when our palettes expand we begin to eat our age.
Cucumber Plum Microwave Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 plum, chopped
- 2-3 cucumber slices
- soak oatmeal in 3/4 cups water for at least 10 minutes
- drain oatmeal
- add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 plum, chopped
- microwave on high 3 minutes
- stir in the remaining plum and cucumber slices
- eat and enjoy
How has your taste changed over the years?