It’s just this thing I love to do.
It’s a thing that I have found myself through doing. I have found that I can show myself and others who I am and what I want to say.
I remember the first cooking job I ever asked for. I was 18, just moved to Chattanooga for college, and I was looking for something to do for spare cash. A mom and pop pizza place downtown had a “Now Hiring” sign out front so I walked in and asked for the job.
“What do you want to do here?” The manager asked.
“You’re too pretty to cook here. We will make more money with you on the floor.”
“Oh, well I don’t want to serve.”
“Well, you will never cook here.”
And I gave up on it for ten years after that, despite discovering how much I really love to cook.
Never fucking again will I take no for an answer.