I’m not entirely sure about a midlife crisis, but I definitely have come to a point in my life where I reflect, a lot. I question myself, I have some regrets, I know less now than I did when I knew it all.
My wife and I are raising 2 beautiful kids, who are now at an age where they’re really busy, and want to be involved in almost anything and everything.
Cutting corners got me nowhere
When life is overwhelming for me, it has a lot to do with not meeting my desires or self expectations. I can now clearly see what the midlife crisis is. How did I get here? What do I do next? Maybe I should have done something else? My body is not like it was when I was young…can I fix that? When can I retire? Should I retire? Should I brush my teeth more often? Why is everyone on Facebook having so much fun when life takes so much work?
Now, I need to be honest – I’m very, very lucky. I had my midlife crisis in my 20’s. I’d lived hard, made a lot of very questionable decisions, and was on a very destructive path. I was drifting and didn’t really know what to do with my life. One day, I hit the end of the road (literally), as I was on my way to work. I turned around and drove to our local gym in my small hometown. I paid for a 6 month membership and started working out at least 3 times a week. This was step 1.
This step helped me to reduce my (really) poor food choices, give up smoking, reduce drinking, and motivated me to get up earlier.
At the same time, I met my future wife (or re-met, as we went to high school together), who was clearly not that interested in an overweight, go-nowhere, drunk. Life had much more to offer me, and I realised that if I didn’t get my poop in a group, the train was going to steam right on through the station without me. This was my tipping point.
I’m now 45, and over 20 years on, I’m lucky to have taken my health, and understanding of how to make food, to a fairly high level. I’m very aware that there is much more to know, and that there is not one person who knows everything. However, what I do know, is that food cooked at home, for your family, if the best food you can get for all the right reasons. The nutritional value and health benefits are very important to me, but first and foremost it’s my primary goal to bring us together. I like to make food because I like the tasks of making food. I like the tasks because I have great gear to cook with. The right gear is so important.
Like riding a (good) bike
Many years ago, I took up mountain biking and got quite into it. I had a big crazy bike and could ride lots of big, scary stuff. Once in a while I’d go for rides with my girlfriend (now my wife), and we’d switch bikes. YIKES! On her lightweight hardtailI, I could ride about ¼ of what I would usually ride. Everything was so much harder, and I felt like the bike was going to buckle under me. This is how I feel when I’m using a blunt $20 knife from IKEA when I’m cooking somewhere with poor quality gear. I can do it, but man, it sucks.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “what’s your favourite kitchen item?” It’s always the same answer – a Sharp Santoku Kitchen Knife. I can make anything else in the kitchen work, but you can not fake a good knife. If I could only take one thing with me to a desert island? It’s a Miyabi Artisan Santoku? It’s a perfect balance, feels great in my hand, has a very strong blade, made from SG-2 steel and looks sexy (that may not matter on a desert island though!?!).
Getting Meals on the Table
In this stage of my life, where everything is in hyper-drive, and details are hard to get to, I make a serious point of cooking from scratch. This gives me focus and I find it meditative. Maybe I’m lucky, but I’ve discovered that I feel much better about myself if I control the food that I eat.
It may seem chauvinistic to some but I believe that it’s my role to care for and nourish my family, and that as a man, I would not be meeting my own idea of what manhood is if I did not work hard to get whole meals on the table every day. Using a kitchen knife that gives me joy makes it easy, like really easy. Keeping my blades in tip-top shape, allows me to make short work of anything and everything. From tightly diced onions, powering through a big squash, to kale Chiffonade for the salads my kids love (yup, they really do – I put them in their school lunches).
I love being able to sell the gear we do, and feel very lucky to have such amazing knives. If you feel dread, or hesitation about cooking, and think that a fancy new sports car would make your life easy, then I challenge you to try a new high quality Miyabi knife. You just may find that it gets you excited in the kitchen, and just might save you a buck or two.
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Miyabi is arguably one of the best valued Japanesse knives on the market. This is because to get better quality you need to buy a handmade knife, which can run $800 to $2000+ per blade. This is not a lot of money once you realise what goes into making the blade, but for most home cooks, it’s not necessary to spend that much dough. I’ve used all of the Miyabi’s extensively and can tell you from experience, they are as nice as an Italian sports car.