Ahhh… There’s nothing like the smell of steak meat on the grill. We don’t have steak often, but when we do, we have cheap steak from the day-old rack (sounds like a comment from the most interesting man in the world). And, you know, it tastes every bit as good. The Mrs. puts some marinade on the steak tonight and away I went.
Usually, it’s chicken or some pork chops, but tonight, it was cheap steak (sirloin I believe) along with a great baked potato and salad the Mrs. whipped up. Heavenly… I know, there may be some out there who won’t eat steak meat (I know a few). You really don’t know what you’re missing.
For me, it’s not the taste that I love about steak. It’s the process of getting it just right and the smell as it cooks. I find it to be one of the most relaxing things in the world; just standing there watching the meat cook, smelling the aromas, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Not to mention, the tunes of the old 70s songs I like. I guess you can call it my hiding place.
Not that I always get it right. Sometimes, I may cook it too long making the meat tough and, others, I cook it too little leaving it a tad too bloody. The great thing about cheap steak, is if I mess it up, it really doesn’t matter as much. It was the act of cooking that really was the enjoyment.
Life’s a bit like that. We can invest so much of ourselves into our job or a material possession that, if it goes South or breaks, it feels like we’ve lost everything. Rather than just enjoying the process or investing in something less valuable that does the same thing, we put our hopes on something or someone.
I’ve been there, too. A few years ago, I really invested in the possibility of doing full-time photography. I saved up enough and, with the Mrs. consent, I quit my full-time job and went for it. Eight months later, I went back to work after realizing how different it was than what I’d expected. I over-invested and didn’t enjoy the experience.
After learning a hard lesson, I can now enjoy the occasional photography gig or snapshot while out & about without feeling the stress of having to produce. Will I ever go back to it? Maybe, but not until I’ve learned that balance. For now, it’s family first and more about those ‘cheap steak nights’ where I can invest less and just enjoy the process and not worry so much about how it works out.
I’m sure many of you can relate to a time when you’ve invested everything, and it didn’t turn out. It could have been a relationship, job, car, house, or nearly anything. And, you probably learned a similar lesson as me from it. Sometimes, it needs to happen more than once to learn that lesson. I know because it did for me. Especially around relationships.
So, today, here’s to healthy balance and enjoying the process of getting there instead of focusing on the how, or where we may end up. Here’s to having a few more ‘cheap steak nights’…
Love always friend,