You’re born liking fruit. Even if you liked candy more than fruit as a kid like I did, you still like it. If someone gives you a mango, you’d rather eat it than not.
You aren’t born liking vegetables. At least I wasn’t. Until adulthood, if someone gave me a cauliflower, I’d rather not eat it, no matter how healthy they told me it was.
The problem is that you can’t live on fruit. You can live on vegetables (I’m including legumes and all the other non-fruit plants I’ve lived on the past twenty-five years).
So you have to find ways to enjoy eating vegetables if you want to live a healthy life.
As I’ve matured, I’ve found I like vegetables more. I still love mangoes, but I can only eat so many a day. They just give me the sensation of pleasure—some nutrition, but mostly pleasure. Vegetables satisfy me more deeply and for longer times. The more I learn to prepare food, the more they also give me the sensation of pleasure. I get everything from them.
The life lessons
Fruits are like being entertained passively, like I wrote about two days ago, in “You have two options in life.”
Vegetables are like active projects where you get out what you put in. They take more work but their rewards are greater when you’ve put the work in. I find transitioning to active projects, responsibility, and taking initiative a big part of maturity.
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