By: Gabriela Yareliz
My boyfriend is very gifted and artistic— it really shines when it comes to food. He makes things that are so delicious but also knows how to present them on a plate. He can make sparkling water next-level, you know what I mean?
He found this show on Netflix called Chef’s Table and encouraged me to watch it. It’s a fascinating show that closely examines people’s greatness. These globally recognized chefs, their colleagues and families are interviewed. You learn about their professional trajectory but also their personal lives. The obstacles overcome, the muses, the voids left behind. I haven’t watched too much of it, but from what I have seen, I can say that it’s impressive.
One of the things that has struck me the most is how the best chefs are often people who depart from a set path, and they do their own thing. This sounds small— but when you look at the years of struggle, years of empty dining halls, and scathing reviews— it’s everything but easy. I loved the Massimo Bottura story.
What a beautiful lesson, to pursue a destiny or vision of something and keep at it, regardless of the criticisms and obstacles around you. One could say some of these chefs border on madness, but there is an incredible strength behind the “madness” to keep pushing, to keep dreaming and to keep enduring, regardless of the voices around you.
For some of these chefs, they had bad review after bad review, and then finally, out of nowhere, out of the fog, comes a person who sees them as they truly are, in all of their artistry and brilliance. It reminds me how in life, we can get so trapped listening to all the wrong voices, even though they may be voices of authority and influence.
In life, we are each born with a purpose. And some of us are born with a true sense of destiny. Bob Dylan describes this as, “Destiny is a feeling you have that you know something about yourself nobody else does. The picture you have in your own mind of what you’re about will come true.”
The one voice we should be tuned into is God’s voice. He has a purpose and a plan. He guides us, and sometimes, even when we take the path we are so sure He has guided us to, the circumstances and voices look bleak. It’s confusing. We are confronted with empty dining halls and bad reviews. But ultimately, we must keep on. We must continue to follow the only voice that matters, and we must somehow gather and find the strength to be mad enough to continue.
There’s strength in this madness to be set-apart, unique and persevering. There’s strength in the madness to be different. This is a madness worth the struggle.