I’ve had an idea for a cooking show where I go around the world and learn how to cook international dishes with local families for over 10 years. I even filmed myself doing so in Thailand, Vietnam, Easter Island and Peru.
But I have a disease called perfectionism. It has prevented me from putting dream projects out into the world, because the results of my efforts are not “good enough” or close enough to perfect. So footage from those trips have been collecting dust in my closet. Yes, dust is a major symptom of perfectionism.
Here’s a video of how it all went down.
Like most dreams that come true, it hasn’t gone without a hitch, or without my eyes popping wide open in the middle of the night from thinking “They made a mistake. They made a big mistake when they chose me. I bet they know it.”
This site wouldn’t exist without the support of WDS team members Michelle Jones & Jedd Chang. Luckily, my disease responds well to deadlines. I already bought my ticket to WDS 2015 and I’m definitely not going without something to show for myself. There is hope for those of us who struggle with perfectionism. Often hope looks like showing up with or without: a plan, a team, confidence, or a tripod. I’m pressing forward the best way I can and hopefully in the spirit of WDS and the 3,000 other folks that were there. I hope you do too.