An Ode to Brussels Sprouts

Ask yourself–when is the last time you challenged yourself to try something you normally wouldn’t try?

For me, I think it was about a week ago. I saw my roommate making brussels sprouts and I thought to myself–that is seriously gross. And then, I really started to think. Why were they so revolting to me? Have I ever really given brussels sprouts a fair chance? What do I really have against these little green mini-cabbages? I’ve had delicious brussels sprouts before at restaurants, but I’d always attributed it to a fluke or some seriously skilled chefs. My childhood self thought they were gross and that is the category they would stay in because, after all, my childhood self is right about everything (duh!).

The thing is, we all have these preconceived notions about what we think something will taste like, how we assume certain people will act, and how we believe a certain scenario will turn out and, most of the time, we couldn’t be further from correct. Where does this come from? Why did I just assume that brussels sprouts were disgusting?

We have a tendency as human beings to frame things into different categories without ever really validating how these decisions are made. Vegans are hippies, jocks aren’t smart, skydiving is extremely dangerous. Well, I’ve been a vegetarian for over half my life (and mostly vegan) but, while I do enjoy a good Jefferson Airplane tune, I also spend my weekdays at an office job while earning my MBA degree at night. Check out some of these brilliant athletes, according to AOL Sporting News–a degree from Yale in biophysics and biochemistry–not too shabby. And, according to the United States Parachute Association, fatalities over the past five years have averaged about one fatality per every 141,509 jumps, mostly due to human error rather than equipment failure. Look at how wrong we were!

My point is, many times our perceptions, without the proper validations, can be grossly inaccurate. So I went to the store, bought a bunch of brussels sprouts, googled ways to prepare them, did my best chef impression, and, voila, delicious and nutritious brussels sprouts. Instantly, my perception was transformed! Now, I can’t get enough of these beautiful green spheres of mouth-watering deliciousness. I’m serious–I eat them like they’re going out of production.

So in conclusion, I issue this ‘challenge’, if you may, for lack of a better word. Go against the grain. Question the norm. Challenge your preconceived notions. Do your homework. Don’t knock it before you try it. Don’t be scared, skeptical, critical, judgmental, or negative until you really know the what, when, where, why, and how. Do something different. You might just discover your very own brussels sprout.