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Finally, I ended up getting a spear. It was just a simple, three-pronged spear. Nothing fancy. A very primitive tool. I drove out here to the North Shore of Oahu and went to a beach one day, and I just started swimming. I had no idea what I was doing, and I felt petrified. As soon as I got to the beach I felt petrified. I felt so intimidated. I remember walking across the beach and there were people on the beach looking at me, and I was this girl with this spear, and I felt so embarrassed just making my way across that beach probably knowing that everybody knew I had no idea what I was doing.
These are just things that come with leaving your comfort zone. I think this is why people don’t do things, because it’s such a feeling that sucks at first.
I had no idea what I was doing, had no idea where I was going, and right before I was about to give up I came across this little reef, and thank goodness, I happened to come across these little fish. All day that day, I just tried up and down, up and down, wearing myself out. Most of the time failing and missing but once in a while getting lucky. By the end of the day, I had actually speared myself five little fish.
That day changed my life forever. That day gave me exactly what was missing. It gave me exactly what I had been looking for. It changed everything.
When I came out of the water, literally I was a different woman. The way that I carried my spear was very different than the way I walked in. The way that I held my posture and my head was very different. I felt so thoroughly, humanly, womanly satisfied. I felt like a freaking lioness with my catch.
To take those little fish home that night and just remember how to clean them and how to cook them, it really returned me to my roots. It returned part of my soul home. It returned me to the wisdom of my mom and my dad, and that night when I shared it with my roommates, I felt that I had made the most beautiful, satisfying meal of my whole culinary career.
That was the start of the journey for me.