As I was peeling potatoes tonight for dinner, I laughed out loud remembering a sentence from Coming into the Country by John McPhee, his remarkable story of Alaska from the 1970s. He says “Generally speaking, if I had a choice between hiking and peeling potatoes, I would peel the potatoes.”
This guy has long been a hero of mine both for how he writes and what he writes. His influence on environmentalism, although I would not necessarily characterize him as an environmentalist, has been huge and very positive. I admire him for that.
As I’m peeling potatoes tonight I realize how easy it is to infuse my own bias into life. I’d always pictured McPhee as an inveterate hiker, someone who not only loves to hike anywhere but who actually had. Not so!
It is good to laugh at myself once in a while! I can get so serious about life. Life just is what it is, whether I’m hiking or peeling potatoes. That’s all and that’s enough.