ワサビ: You Know What I’m Talking About!

Japan Centre (2014)

If “failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour” (Truman Capote), how spicy do you like your success stories?

The past three minutes was probably the hardest I thought all week. How badly did I want failure to hit me if it was going to be in proportion to the success I’d achieve? Geez, talk about ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’.

I visited my favouritest virtual place in the world (Wikipedia) and as usual it never disappointed me. It showed me a list of condiments from where I found the perfect condiment to describe the kind of spicy I would like my success stories to be.

WASABI!

The first time I tried wasabi, I almost died. Nobody really told me how it would hit your taste buds like a flaming ball of fire to the point where you almost thought that the pungent sting in your upper palate could make your mouth explode. How dangerous could a light minty green paste – that looked similar to a chutney, sort of like guacamole – be?

Well, I was wrong! But after everything said and done, that crazy rush it gives you is a pretty awesome feeling. It was like I was about to die (that pungent taste almost did not allow me to breathe) and then suddenly it was all gone; it felt normal. No! It felt better than normal. It was like I ate something so insane but I survived it.

To describe it, Wasabi is a quick brutal shock as opposed to maybe a Chilli Sauce that is like slow death; your eyes water, your nose leaks and no matter what you try drinking to calm your mouth, you can still sense its lingering hotness.

So getting back to the topic in question, I would prefer my failures to hit me like Wasabi hit my taste-buds; I thought I was either dead or dying but then miraculously it all just went away and made me feel like, ‘that was insane, I so want to do it again’ rather than a Chilli Sauce which would have me saying, ‘I am NEVER going to try anything like this again.’

To wrap it up, I don’t want my failures to break me; I want to get a kick out of them. I want to look back at them and say, “Wow, that was worth it, let me dive into the unknown again.” My favourite quote best describes what I am trying to get at.

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” -Mark Zuckerberg

This was in response to the Daily Prompt posted on The Daily Post.

<a href=”http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/the-spice-of-success/”>The Spice of Success</a>

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