by Christy Gualtieri I’m not one for reality shows really, except for one in particular: “The Great British Baking Show.” Although it’s like American reality cooking shows in that it shows the pressure really building as the bakers try to meet their time deadlines to produce the best pastry, cake, tart, or pie that they can, that’s the extent of the drama.
There are no snarky judges, no trash-talking between contestants, and it’s all done on a backdrop of a beautiful English countryside complete with bright colors and nature scenes. Because of this, the viewer really gets to see the highlight of the show: the bakers’ passion for what they do. They are in it not only to win it, but because they love it, and to me, that’s the most thrilling part of the show. I root for them because they are so excited about baking, and they are encouraged in it; and it reminds me that we all, every one of us, have our own passions.
What are your passions in life? To be completely honest, I forget what mine are, sometimes. They get lost in the hustle of everyday life. It’s hard for me to sift them out in between piles of laundry, mounds of dishes, and driving to playdates, but they’re there. Have you forgotten yours? Maybe you have. Or maybe, like mine, they’ve gotten lost in the shuffle and need to be reignited. Or maybe you’ve never known what your passion is. The good news is, it’s not too late to find it!
Or maybe you’ve failed at it. Maybe you’ve tried your hand at something you’re really passionate about, and it didn’t work out the way you wanted. You’ve finally finished writing that book, maybe, and all you get are rejections from publishers. You’ve decided to finally take that trip you’ve always wanted to take, but things just keep popping up that drain your finances and keep you from that destination. One of the contestants on the Great British Baking Show, this season, didn’t make it past the quarterfinals. When she was interviewed after she lost, she smiled sadly and said, “I’ll bake again. I may not bake tomorrow, but I’m going to keep baking.”
Or maybe you just don’t think you’re good enough to pursue what you feel most passionate about. But the truth is, you are. You have that desire burning in your heart for a reason, even if no one else in the world sees you do it. Following your passion will make you happy, and that’s reason enough to give it a try. I hope you do! The world will be better for it!
Until next time, be well!
Christy Gualtieri is a freelance writer specializing in pop culture, religion, and motherhood. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and son, blogs at asinglehour.wordpress.com, and tweets @agapeflower117. Follow PghPsych on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates, inspirational quotes, articles, and different events and causes related to good mental health!