The world is surprising. Sometimes this is terrifying. Sometimes exhilarating. Sometimes humbling, mortifying, inspiring, life-changing. Sometimes feeling surprised requires nothing short of rocket science.
Surprise, your science experiment just changed the lives of millions of people for the better!
Surprise, the company you started while scraping by took off and now look at you sail!
Surprise, that little characteristic you are so self-conscious about is loved and craved by others.
Surprise, you bare witness to an unsurpassed act of kindness from one human to another when your faith in people is long overdue for renewal.
I like being surprised by people. Watching 6 incredible pilots perform aerobatics in perfect synchronization, flying fast, turning tricks, proving dedication works. Meeting a 91-year-old wine maker who started a winery at age 63, and who built the business from nada to top-tier producer.
Welcoming surprise into your life can be rewarding. It can overwhelm you with joy. It’s okay if you prefer predictability and comfort. But maybe that little thing you were missing that you couldn’t put your finger on was actually there all along; you just needed to accept it. You needed a big dose of surprise.
One of my favorite Indian dishes is eggplant curry. I posted an eggplant curry recipe last year, trying desperately (in vain) to re-create the eggplant curry from a great Indian restaurant in Reno; but after a Pinterest session brought me this recipe, I got one step closer and will definitely be making this one time and again. The original recipe calls for two spices I couldn’t find at the grocery store, garam masala and asafetida. I bet these spices make a difference so if you know where to get them, definitely add them in.
I also used a couple of habaneros instead of green chilies because I was craving some (a ton of) heat. If you have never tried eggplant curry or if you’re unsure whether or not you even like eggplant, try this recipe…it may surprise you!