While I am sure this wasn’t the intent, thinking of the things I don’t care about as much as I should for this writing prompt has made me a little bit sad. When I first saw the topic I was stumped for an idea which was bad, but also good. I couldn’t think of anything that I didn’t care about, at least a little. I liked that. That lasted for about an hour. Then I had an idea, and another, and another. Turns out I don’t care about a lot of things I feel like I should. I’m not sure if the issue is my apathy, or unrealistic expectations about how much I can care about at one time. But with multiple options now stretching before me, I realized I need to make a decision so I can stop thinking of new things I don’t care about before I never leave my house again. I went back to the list I’ve been keeping, closed my eyes, and pointed at a topic.
I really don’t care as much as I should about food.
Don’t get me wrong, I do recognize when I am eating really well prepared food and I savor it. And I eat enough food every day. According to the current fit of my jeans, probably a little too much food for the past several months. But I don’t fit into this new ‘foodie’ culture.
If you asked me to name a favorite food I would hem and haw and change the subject. I’m one of those people who says ‘I don’t care, wherever’ when asked for a restaurant opinion because I really don’t have a preference (the favorite restaurant question is also a stumper for me). Most often when I’m hungry I’m not hungry for anything in particular. Food that makes my stomach feel full will do.
I can’t taste the difference between organic and not. I have no idea if my food is local or was shipped from another continent. I cannot pair my meal with the right wine. I can cook, but I have a repertoire of about six things that I simply make over and over and over again. They’re easy and satisfying so I don’t see much need to branch out.
This works to my advantage in some ways. I make a menu plan every week to grocery shop from, and never have to make an extra trip. I know the five aisles that I visit of my grocery store really well. On a Thursday I can look and see what I had planned to have for lunch as of last Saturday when I made the list, and not have to worry about making a decision.
Of course there are also drawbacks to this. There are a lot of foods I’ve never tried. I miss out on the adrenaline of cooking a new recipe and finding out how it tastes. I eat more fast food than I should, because it’s there.
I should care about food more, not just as fuel but as an experience. I would eat more healthfully, and discover new things. Maybe I’ll use this as a jumping off point to care about the fact that I don’t care and change things. I will think about that.
Now I need to go and make Kraft mac and cheese for lunch.
**This is my entry for Week Two of LJ Idol on the topic “I Don’t Care About Apathy: What I "Should" Care About – But Don’t“. I will post a link to the poll when it goes live. Thanks for reading!**