There is nothing like a good craving to make you get up and go to the store or the takeout window, even though you haven’t brushed your hair, your teeth or changed out of your pajamas yet. There are only a few things in life that I have strong cravings for and one of those is good sushi.
When we first moved to this tiny island almost twenty years ago, there wasn’t a single sushi chef on the beach. Even though I knew how to make my own, you still get a real charge out of sitting at the sushi bar and waiting while an expert makes your food into art. One restaurant started having sushi prepared one night a week, but it just wasn’t the same thing and the line to get in was abhorrent. I would jones for sushi and went unsatisfied until we moved back into the city.
I have often wondered what stimulates a desire int o a full blown, hard to ignore craving. What is happening inside our noggins when we crave something? When I was a smoker I craved cigarettes, but that was more of an addiction. When I crave sushi I’m pretty sure it’s because I feel like I need to be rewarded. I can actually taste the bright crisp flavors if I close my eyes and concentrate.
I don’t mind having food cravings. It means I’m alive in my head and in my heart. Life moves forward with moments of sheer joy and craving a reward for a job well done is all a huge part of living.
What do you crave?