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I visited a friend last week and had suggested we make something for dinner. He runs a cooking channel on Youtube so I wanted to show him a new bruschetta recipe I had learned and asked for feedback.

By the time we got to the wet market though, most of the vendors had already packed up and left; there were no tomatoes remaining.

“What about using carrots instead of tomatoes? It’s good, I’ve made it before. Plus, what’s the worst that could happen? It’ll be a good experience.”

Carrot bruschetta? Can something like that even work?
But he’s right. What’s the worst that could happen?

The bruschetta ended up being the best bruschetta I’ve ever had in my life. The flavors were immensely rich and the texture was unlike any bruschetta I’ve had before. It was amazing.

And it’s really taught me something:

We should never make assumptions about things we’ve never tried, because more often than not, those assumptions are nothing but a reflection of our own lack of experience and knowledge.

Had I followed my assumptions, I would’ve missed out on the best bruschetta ever.

I’m rebuilding my life by discovering who I am, learning what I’m capable of after a 9 year heartbreak that left me stranded in China.

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