Go Big or Go Home

Sometimes, I wonder if the act of “overdoing” something is subconscious. Of course, we all know when we’re purposely overdoing things–when we stay up until the sun rises to study for tests, when “diet” is just another word for “starvation,” and when we train so hard for a sport that we end up sore for days. We know what we want, and we’re ready for the consequences.

But what we’re often not ready for are the side effects. Sure, you knew you’d be tired after staying up late for that test, but it was for the A–what you didn’t know, though, was how much stress your liver just went through. You thought starving yourself would help you shed those pounds, but instead, you gained weight from water retention. And lastly, you thought training would strengthen that arm for the last baseball game of your high school career, but you never imagined that you would injure it to the point where you’d never be able to play your favorite sport again.

Is it worth it to overdo things?

Despite the risks, I say yes. “Overdoing something” should not have a negative connotation to it. Life isn’t about holding back because of fear. Rather, I think overdoing things is a display of passion. When it reaches that point, it’s probably not something you’re even aware of.

Say someone makes a close-minded remark about a topic that you feel very strongly about. You begin to debate with them, voicing your opinions and delivering rebuttals to their arguments (you do this with class, of course). Right as you are about to reach your grand point, a friend, who has been caught in the middle of all this, looks at you with disapproving eyes and says, “(Dude/yo/girl/hey), don’t overdo it.” How are you supposed to react then? Maybe you are getting a little bit too into it, but isn’t that only because you want to take a stand? Because you want to perhaps make a point, make an impact on someone or maybe even yourself? So what if it makes other people view you strangely?

If we think about it that way, going overboard can be a great thing. It shows just how much you’re capable of; just how far you can go to accomplish something.

But while we’re on the topic of “great things” that go overboard, let’s discuss Levain Bakery. If you’ve been to New York, maybe you’ve heard of it; infamous for its insanely delicious cookies, it’s definitely a spot you want to drop by while in the city.

You’re probably confused as to why I am suddenly talking about cookies, so I’ll just mention now that Levain is famous not only for the taste of their cookies, but their SIZE. Weighing in at 6 (six!!) ounces each, they are absolutely massive. You could probably eat one for a meal itself (or two, because they are so addicting…even after an airplane ride!)

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The Famous Levain Cookie, image courtesy of theeatenpath.com

My mother recently made a trip to NYC and brought these back for me to try (and perhaps attempt to make). Needless to say, they were heavenly. But let’s focus on the topic here–going overboard. Obviously, a 6 ounce cookie seems a little much. But that’s the point–where else are you going to get such an enormous cookie?

If Levain’s cookies were any smaller or any less delicious then they are, then I’m not sure they would have gained the amount of popularity that they have now. What it takes is passion–clearly, the bakery’s success is derived from only the finest skills, ingredients, and innovation. Sure, there might have been hiccups–the cookies might have been too big to bake through properly, and they might have had to raise the prices of the cookies in order to ensure profit. But it all worked out–only because the combination of passion and overdoing it brought them there. People are attracted to that kind of success.

So while things might sometimes seem risky, might seem like a little too much, take your chances. If it’s for something you love doing, you won’t regret it; put everything you have into it and see where you can go.

-Ashley

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