Wednesday, April 6, 2011

30 Days of Pictures: Day 6

Day 6: A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

I don't even know where to start with this one. I've never really sat back and thought "man, I'd really like to be someone else" or "I wish I had that person's life". However, there are fleeting moments of weakness where I look at someone's experiences and think "that is an incredibly lucky person" or "I'd love to do that." Increasingly I find myself saying that more and more frequently about one person.

Anthony Bourdain may have the best job on the planet. Now, I wouldn't exactly have wanted to go through all his kitchen experiences to get to where he is currently, but look at where he is. He gets to visit amazing locations, eat incredible food, meet amazing people and do so on his terms. I envy that in him.

Unlike so many travel presenters or celebrity chefs who are so caught up in the next project and the almighty dollar, Bourdain seems to be able to accomplish what so many were not able to. He has moved on from his celebrity chef life in the heat of the kitchen at Les Halles, used his ability to spin a yarn and do so incredibly vividly and parlay that into multiple New York Times best sellers and an Emmy nominated television show, all without losing who he is at his core.

That's the best part about what we see in Bourdain. He's gritty, he's real, he isn't afraid to show sensitivity or emotion or pain or even joy. Yeah, he's gruff and is a fantastic story teller, but at his core, he's a simple man who wants to spend time with the people he loves and enjoy the best that life has to offer. We're just lucky that we are along for the ride.

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