Monday, August 22, 2016

the art of living a life

I’ve been trying some baking lately, simple and quick one like cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes—something easy and doesn’t require a lot of experiences and skills. I googled the recipes, then buy some ingredients according to them. At first, I thought it’s just about ‘read and do’.  I read the recipe, measured everything according to it, followed the steps, tried not to skip any details, and voila! There it was, the cake that I wanted it to be. But it’s not what happened.

The batter went stiff, the texture wasn’t crisp enough, the sponge wasn’t as light as I wanted it to be. Things like that happened, and I learnt a lot of things. Things like: ‘you can’t put the sugar all at once or the meringue won’t peak’, or ‘whipping cold eggs is harder work and you won't get as much lift’, or ‘the bottom oven rack is what you want to use to achieve lift.’

Details you won’t learn by reading the recipe. Tricks that you can only know by making the cake on your own. It is all about the experience. You can gather tens—hundreds, people; give them the same recipes and ingredients; buy them the exact utensils, but still, the cake won’t be the same for each of them. The slightest power of beating an egg makes a difference, the way you flip the meringue makes a different, every little gestures you make, make a difference.

And so it is with life. Two people with exact talents could end up differently. Give two people the exact money to run a business and it will turn out in a different results. There is no exact math to life. No exact rule about how to live a life. There is no answer to question like ‘Why I can’t be like her? I do what she’s done’, there is no exact explanation to why someone made it and the other failed. It is the art to live the life that makes the difference. Even the slightest whiffle counts.

But don't worry, the more you try, the better it will get. It's all about experiences.

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