What Is The Work You Can’t Not Do?

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As my featured picture says, good morning! Today I have a blog post that is a little out of the norm, no major food talk (although, of course, food is mentioned) and no recipes, things are about to get deep.

Over the past week, I have been working pretty much every day, and some of my friends suggested I listen to Ted Talks while working to help pass the time. I took this advice very literally and went through a lot of Ted Talks in the span of two days.If you aren’t familiar with Ted Talks, it is simply a bunch of people, typically highly academic and qualified researchers, who do talks on different topics they are studying, and these talks can get seriously interesting.

One of them that really stood out for me was the talk entitled “How to find work you love” by Scott Dinsmore, where he asked one question that resonated with me to the very bottom of my core.

“What is the work you can’t not do?”

Emotional breakdown at work people! I just want to first mention that I am not exactly referring to my current job in this blog post, but more to my future work as a dietitian.

We have this one amazing, short and splendid life to live, and I sure don’t want to spend it doing anything else then what I truly love.

It’s a scary thought, don’t you think? How can you possibly know what you truly love, and know how to apply it to your everyday life to make a living out of it? I guess we will all struggle with this thought at least once during our lifetime.

This very question left me feeling a little depressed for the rest of the day, I felt down and I didn’t really know why. Although I know, with a certainty that is unshakable, that I am in the right field of study, some insecurities emerged. Ever since I entered my program, I knew a very important thing, I am not interested in giving meal plans to someone who might not even want to see me, I am not interested in “lecturing” someone about nutrition if they do not want to hear me, I just have no interest with the common stereotype that comes with a dietitian’s career.

I know dietetics goes beyond that, but there are days where I can’t see myself working in a hospital (although I have yet to do a hospital stage or have any clinical courses, so this might be a totally false thought) and other days where I can’t stand another class about food service systems.

But, then, there are days where I get so excited about a nutrition lecture, where I can’t wait to go to the food labs and cook up some delicious meals and days where I participate in conversations about nutrition that leave me feeling giddy and satisfied. I often think that I might not become a “regular” dietitian; I would love to participate in public speaking events or even become a spokesperson of some type, I would love to share nutrition knowledge with other people who want to hear me, I would love to keep this blog going for a very long time, and to be honest, I would love to write my own cookbook (more work is needed in that department haha). Then again, I might become a clinical dietitian working in a hospital, but the point is, I want to be in love with the work I end up doing.

This is an an Ivory Coast inspired meal my teammates and I prepared at school for a meal event we have coming in March

Ivory Coast inspired meal my teammates and I prepared at school for a meal event we have coming in March! P.S. that white bowl is supposed to be a dessert but we accidentally added 1/2 cup of salt instead of sugar, oups!

So, instead of getting depressed, I made a mental list of the things I do love about the field of nutrition, and, hopefully, I will someday be able to translate these into my future work as a dietitian:

I know that I am incapable of following a recipe without changing ingredients for healthier options because the thought of making something delicious AND healthy is so exciting to me.

P.S. this cookie recipe turned out tasting way too healthy, like straight up bananas and walnuts, NOT my thing.

P.S. this cookie recipe turned out tasting way too healthy, like straight up bananas and walnuts, NOT my thing.

I know that I can’t stop myself from throwing in some random facts about nutrition wherever and whenever I can, even if the people I am with couldn’t care less (I simply HAVE to talk to you about omega 3’s if you tell me about the salmon you had for supper last night).

I know that I love nutrition and that I am excited for the courses to come this semester (Clinical nutrition and nutrition through life sounds a little hard but so interesting!)

I know that food is my passion.Making Chicken

I know that long term health and well being is something I want everyone to understand and to strive for.

and finally, I know that I want to spread the message to everyone who is willing to understand that being healthy is not about diets or exercise, it is about treating your body right, keeping a balance, and letting that mentality become a lifestyle.

What turned out to be a talk that initially depressed me turned into something that totally changed my perspective on things. I urge you all to go ahead and listen to this talk by clicking here, and perhaps it will affect you as deeply as it affected me.

In one last closing sentence, I will leave you with this quote, which I saw on the Live Your Legend website, founded by Scott Dinsmore:

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

quote by Howard Thurman

Have a great weekend everyone :)!

P.S. I just found out Scott Dinsmore died while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro at age 33 on a trip around the world with his wife. Woah, that seriously left me in shock. I guess it leaves us with yet another wake up call, to live life at it’s fullest while we still have the chance.

About the author

Stephanie Leduc

Stephanie – 22 years old – lover of food – Dietetics intern – Believes in a balanced lifestyle of health, fitness and a whole lot of sugar – dreamer and wanna be traveler

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