There is a quote I’ve keep on my wall for years. It’s from Mark Bittman, a food journalist for the NYTimes. The context of the quote surrounded a picture that surfaced of his home kitchen in NYC. It was the size of a shoebox. A SHOEBOX.
It’s a tiny kitchen, even by New York standards. But he’s been working in that kitchen for years, cooking for himself and yes, entertaining dinner guests. This man does food for a living. And yet, his “work station” was about as ordinary as any other human.
Needless to say, the internet was shocked. In response, he said:
Runners run and writers write, cooks cook. Under pretty much any circumstance.
Upon reading, I immediately issued forth that involuntary exhale which told me my mind was just blown.
I fell in love with this idea and for the simplicity in how it was communicated.
The Circumstance is secondary. The Drive is everything.
Sure, the right equipment and environment are sometimes super necessary.
But if I’m at an airport, and I don’t have a yoga mat, and I feel like I need yoga, I’m not gonna say, ohhhh I don’t have my matt, there are too many people around, it would look weird, I can’t.
A yogi yogas. Pretty much under any circumstance.
A writing class, for SURE would help me get my writing in gear and would make me accountable to write MORE. But should that stop me from writing right now? Like the man says:
A writer writes. Under any circumstance.
A mac book and a rad microphone would certainly help me make my media page kick ass. But should not having those things stop me from putting my voice out there anyway? Because a singer sings. Pretty much under any circumstance.
An actor goes to the audition. Under any circumstance.
The health conscious food nerd packs a lunch. Pretty much under any circumstance.
The Trader Joe’s devotee goes to Trader Joe’s. Under any circumstance (read: even if it’s Sunday).
The frugal person keeps a budget, under any circumstance.
The walker walks.
The optimist smiles.
The traveler travels.
Under any circumstance.
The drive to do something is paramount and has the power to cut through any “less than ideal” environment. Because it’s always the person who does the doing. And the person is always stronger than any old circumstance. The mind is a powerful thing, and perhaps changing your thoughts, will actually change the circumstance.