Binding Activity

— locked in

I was listening to a food podcast where the host was interviewing a cookbook author. The author found her way to cooking after years of working in management consulting. She mentioned how someone asked her father, while she was a student, why he was spending so much on her education especially since she’s going to end up in the kitchen.

During the interview, the author mentioned her situation was different because she was in the kitchen out of her own choice. But it got me thinking–was there really a choice?

The author was compelled to collect recipes and create a cookbook from where she grew up. She’s raising children in a foreign country and wanted her children to be culturally familiar.

Feeling strongly compelled to create a cookbook–there’s an urgency that binds her to accomplish something. Culture isn’t readily available where she lives. She feels it’s necessary.

Why is that type of ‘binding’ better or different than a woman who’s in a traditional role ‘forced’ to prepare food for the family?

I can see how they’re different in flavor, only one is accepted as a professional accomplishment. But both involve getting stuff done. Whether in a role where there’s no pay, or a role where the results involves pay, there always an urgency to do something about something, in preparing food or writing a cookbook. There are moments both activities get people feeling locked in.

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