Oprah Winfrey is the richest woman in America. She is strong, powerful, driven, capable, intelligent and resourceful. She’s truly helped thousands of people around the world.
I am a pleasure-seeker with no willpower what so ever. I can’t organise. I can’t prioritize. I am seriously useless with numbers, details and focus. I can’t really figure out how to help anyone.
I will never be rich and famous.
Yet I can do something Oprah cannot. I can stay in-shape.
This is why (I think):
I’m not as rich as Oprah so mostly I don’t let other people cook for me. Most days, I don’t let chefs in restaurants cook for me, or men in deli’s prepare my sandwiches, or the food scientists in factories make my dinner. I seldom get take-out. It’s too expensive.
I am not nearly as clever as Oprah. I have a type of dyslexia that makes me number-blind. So I can’t weigh things or count points or calories. I need things very, very simple.
So I do portion control for idiots - for breakfast I have one of those tiny sachets of whole grain porridge oats. For lunch, I grab a little tin of tuna and a slice of bread and usually borrow someone’s mayo at work.
I don’t have Oprah’s willpower. I don’t even try. So I make life easy for myself by not having dried mango or Ben and Jerry’s Fish Food or homemade fudge in the house. (If it finds its way into my house, I do not rest until it is all eaten up.)
Because I am not building schools for girls in South Africa or TV networks in the US, I have more time on my hands. So I can go to the gym often or run or dance or cycle more or less, whenever I want (and not just at five in the morning because waking up that early doesn’t feel pleasant to me)
Sadly, I don’t have Oprah’s social life. I am not invited to parties catered by celebrity chefs and I am not tempted by mojitos, red wine, sushi and tiny cakes. I would go and go crazy day and night.
Lastly, I know when it comes to my weight, there is nothing I can delegate, nothing I can buy in and nothing I am entitled too.
My ambitions are small. I am content to tend my family, spend time with my friends and work a bit.
I know how lucky I am to have a roof that doesn’t leak, running water, flushing toilets, and all the vaccinations and medications available in the 21st century. I am grateful to live in the Digital Age and in a country not at war. I am grateful that the sky is blue today and for my time on our planet right now.
I realize not everyone gets to be Oprah Winfrey. But no-one else gets to be me either.
I made this for supper last night:
I baked cod fillets, with lots of butter, lemon juice and salt. I wrapped it in tinfoil smeared with butter and put it in the oven at 200 degrees for half an hour.
I chopped up and fried a carrot, an eggplant, three celery sticks and one zucchini in sunflower oil. Then I threw in loads of chopped parsley, sunflower seeds, Aromat and soy sauce.
I also served noodles. It was delicious. It was enough.