The Four Kinds of Supporters I Lean On to Get Through Failure.


April 7, 2020

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Posted in  Eating, Experiences, Thoughts

To anyone who would like some support right now:

Whether we are already close, have said hello once or are friends who are yet to meet — if you feel that speaking with or writing to me could be helpful for you in processing things,

Please let me know how I can be available for you via direct message, comment, or email hitheresonia@gmail.com.

In writing this post, I was immensely grateful to have these pillars of support so close to me. I know that not everyone has the same luxury.

During this period of social distancing, we are even more desperately in need of new ways to meaningfully connect.

We may be quarantined, but we are not isolated.

Please know that I am here with an open heart (since open-door policy cannot right now).

Week 7 of Funemployment, 7 April:

In the times of BQ (Before Quarantine), I attended a 5-day bread making course at Brettschneider’s Baking and Cooking School (highly recommended if you can afford the investment!)

At the end of the course, we were each sent home with a piece of ‘Little Johnny’, a sourdough starter to get us going on our own home baking adventures.

After conscientiously feeding Little Johnny for several weeks and managing to keep him alive (hurray!), I thought, why not put him to work and make some bread?

The idea of baking my own bread sounded very romantic in my mind.

I’d enjoy the smell of baking bread wafting through the house…

Unemployed me would be the breadwinner of the family for a day…

We’d all enjoy the joy of tangy sourdough topped with avocado and hummus over lunch…

Making sourdough bread takes commitment, time and planning.

One does not simply decide to bake.

It takes a day of feeding your starter to get it strong and healthy once taken out of the fridge,

Then a day of kneading and rising the dough,

and finally, baking it on the 3rd day of the whole process.

3 days later, the result wasn’t quite what I’d imagined…

Ideal vs reality. #fail

I sent texts to my loved ones, who had been eagerly anticipating the fruits of my labour.

Their responses made me realize I had four distinctly different kinds of supporters.

Each one had their own unique way of showing support when I didn’t do so well, and it was this variety that made me feel like it was okay to fail and try again.

1. The one who is my biggest cheerleader

No matter how crappy things get or how badly I screw up, I know at least one person will still think I’m fantabulous: my mom. ❤️

🙂

2. The one who always tells the truth 

Because I also need to stay grounded and face reality when things don’t go according to plan.

That way, I can improve the next round (better be improving!!)

No sugar coating here!

3. The one who sees the hilarious side

That person with a hearty laugh who helps me see the funny side when things go wrong.

Sister then proceeded to share this with her friends and social media to multiply the lols…

4. The one who puts his tummy where his support is

Because sometimes failures leave a mess behind, and you need help (or appetites) in clearing it up.

(Also a big thank you to mom who helped with getting flour off the kitchen walls!!)

And immediately comes home to back it up with action!!

Through this baking incident, I’ve come to fully appreciate how my support network is so diverse.

Everyone shows their support in different ways.

Sometimes, it’s a cheerleader that you need.

Other times, it might be a truth teller.

It’s hard for one person to know exactly what you need, or to be all that you need.

I’m thankful to know who I can go to when I’m in need of a particular type of support.

I hope you do, too.

In case you missed the opening paragraph, to anyone who needs some support right now:

Whether we are already close, have said hello once or are friends who are yet to meet — if you feel that speaking with or writing to me could be helpful for you in processing things,

Please let me know how I can be available for you via direct message, comment, or email hitheresonia@gmail.com.

In writing this post, I was immensely grateful to have these pillars of support so close to me. I know that not everyone has the same luxury.

During this period of social distancing, we are even more desperately in need of new ways to meaningfully connect.

We may be quarantined, but we are not isolated.

Please know that I am here with an open heart (since open door policy cannot right now).

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