Anyone Can-

Anyone who can claim to “know me” knows I have a weird obsession with rewatching movies- In particular the Pixar classic, Ratatouille.

Okay, yes, I get that a cooking rat (meaning the rat is cooking, not the rat is being cooked. . . you’d be surprised how many people would misunderstand that) isn’t the most. . . pleasing thing to watch, but the rest of the movie is just *flails*. The aesthetic of it all. The expressions. The music. The random deep thoughts.

Yes, I’m watching it right now in my living room as I type this. AND I HAVE NO SHAME IN IT.

Growing up, my favourite part about the movie was easily the “soups up!” scene where Remy, the main character, corrects Linguini’s, the main erhm human character’s, soup mistakes. He dances around and throws various things into the soup and VOILA! perfection.

I still love that scene, but now that I’m old enough to not get bored during Ego’s monologue, I’m realising how much deeper the movie is. There’s an ongoing theme throughout the movie that’s summed up in the quote, “Anyone can cook”- coined by the great food artist Gusteau.

The critic, Ego, scoffs at the phrase, until at the end when he says-

In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.

Anton Ego, Ratatouille

Why am I writing a blog post based off a quote from a children’s movie? Because I think it’s completely relevant to us in the 21st century.

Anyone can be “successful” in what they want. Wanna be a good guitarist? You can! Wanna be a straight-A student? You can! Wanna be a self-published author? You can!

(*cringes* wow that sounded like an ad for something)

I think a lot. Probably too much for my own good. Anywho, the other day I was thinking about just different hobbies. My attention span is very short, and I tend to jump from hobby to hobbies. Music, cardistry, cooking, rock climbing- Yup, I’ve dabbled in them.

Basically, I tend to stick to something until I become proficient, and the “challenge” is lost to me. Am I a pro at them? Stars no. Far from it.

In order to be an expert at any one of those things, I’d have to stick to it for an extended period of time. I’d have to bore myself to tears, then find my love of them all over again. And quite frankly, my attention span- as previously mentioned- is virtually nonexistent.

I think that anyone can be good at something if they give it time.

Usually people say “oh, you have to do something you like in order to become good at it”. But I think if you’re going to the trouble to become good at it, you probably like it- Sooo I skip that step. (I’m a huge fan at skipping meaningless or given steps)

In Ratatouille, one of the characters, Colette (love her), tells Linguini how hard it is for women to get into “haute cuisine”. As Linguini stammers for an answer to how he thinks she managed to get into the business, she shouts-

Because I am the toughest cook in this kitchen! I have worked too hard for too long to get here, and I am *not* going to jeopardize it for some garbage boy who got lucky! Got it?

Colette Tatou, Ratatouille

See? Even the characters in my beloved movie get it. You got to put in the work.

So whatever resolutions or goals or tasks you have set for 2021, or just in general (to my friends who think New Year’s resolutions are pointless- I see you), just keep in mind that you CAN do this. I know you see this message from everywhere, but for real- Keep your chin up.

You can do anything you put your mind to.

[disclaimer: “anything” within human bounds. . . you got me?]

Now if you’ll excuse me, Remy just fell into the sink, and this blog post has started to get cliche and bore me.

’til next time, mes amies!

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