“Sometimes I feel like I can’t even sing.”
These words are the opening line of a song by REM, called “You Are the Everything.” Having been a huge REM fan since about 1988, I know very well that Michael Stipe can, in fact, sing, and sing very well he does. But I get it. I know what he’s alluding to here. Sometimes I feel like I can’t even bake. It’s that self-doubt that creeps in for a moment – that wondering if your passion is really your passion – if you’re really spending your time doing what you’re supposed to be doing. And what does that even mean. Yes, I think too much, I know. And I also know that I can bake. But we are often afraid of greatness – either that we don’t deserve it, or just don’t understand it. You work and work and work at something, and then begin to wonder, what does it all mean? Why am I doing this?
When this happens, I ask myself “who are you?” and the answers are always the same:
I am a baker.
I am a writer.
I am a runner.
I am a friend.
This list could go on, but the first few are where it’s at – what I love doing most – baking, writing, running and being a friend. Those things bring me joy. And that ultimately is the point: to create joy for both yourself and those around you. If it brings you joy, then do it. Don’t just sit around and wait for joy to find you – go out and create it. You’ll find that you get what you give. So give a little bit of your life, your love, your time, your touch, your baked goods, your voice – whatever. Don’t ever be afraid to do whatever it takes to realize your dreams. Love is real, people. Don’t sit back and let it pass you by.
in the meantime, here’s a cupcake to remind you of at least one joy – the joy of eating dessert.