"Congratulations, you made a tuna sandwich"
"Congratulations, you made a tuna sandwich." - Kyle Romeo
When it's summer time and you're 17 years old, living at home with mom, you can get in a lunch rut.. Usually I ate a bag of ramen noodles, or a can of tuna (super ambitious, I recognize).. One day, I was getting bored of eating tuna fish straight out of a can, and I started experimenting.
So I decided to fuse Hellman's mayo, sea salt, tuna fish, and some super fresh, red ripe tomatoes on two slices of bread. It was so. dang. delicious... and I'd never put tomatoes with tuna like that. My brother walked in the door and I was so excited to tell him about my delicious experiment, he said, in the most dry tone possible, "congratulations, you made a tuna sandwich".
We laughed a bit, and I felt a bit naive... "But, wait, you don't understand.. See the tuna.. Whatever" He was right, I had literally made a tuna sandwich, but it felt like an epiphany to me.
The funny thing is, I still do this occasionally. Something that I've fundamentally understood for a long time, suddenly, seems to crystalize in an entirely new way and I'm super stoked because now I see a new possibility.
I like to remember this story to keep me humble on my journey, and just because I've learned something new, doesn't mean a lot of others before me haven't already been eating tuna sandwiches for a long time.