Cooking had been basically not a fun activity for me since I started to live by myself. I am 28 years old right now, and I can remember exact the first dish I cooked when I was 18 in a tiny apartment room in Yokohama, Tokyo. The dish was “Cup Noodle”. That is a reality of a dish that the male young guy who had just graduated from high school could make. Then, I repeated to cook Cop Noodle kind of things every day, and I felt really depressed when I finished eating up the 3rd day of Cup Noodle.
Unfortunately, The year I entered my university was the same year of Great Japan Earthquake happened in 2011. The entrance ceremony was cancelled, and the first day of classes was postponed from April to the mid of May. Therefore, I was not able to make friends, and even go to university’s facilities. I was raised in Hokkaido (the northern part island of Japan) and I tried to start a whole new life in near Tokyo. But, the start was such a miserable. Everyday I was talking over Skype with my high school mates and eventually I found myself in Hokkaido again just after a week ago I arrived in Tokyo (My mother advised me to come back home and eat decent food). I couldn’t bear with such a miserable, stressful lonely life. So, I’m always thinking like, if I were a university student now, how hard is it, and I couldn’t bear with it.
Needless to say though, the food is such an important thing in your life. I’ve found that if I keep eating bento kind of food sold in convenience store for 3 days, I can catch a cold. It’s wired though, the food of convenience store tastes yummy when you seldom eat it, but if you keep eating it, it tastes kind an awful. You can eat food cooked by yourself everyday, but not convenience store foods. We all know there is a reason why we keep eating convenience food. Mainly, it’s because we are busy. We try to make time by buying food or eating out. However, definitely it costs more than you cook. I’m 28 and I need to save money for my marriage or something like that. I want to save around $10,000 a year. And for that, I need to start cooking by myself more seriously. Not 3 days for a week, but everyday.
Now, not to brag though, I cook every single day for this 2 weeks. I cook for bento everyday. Then, I could save money and I literally became healthier than before. Keep doing everyday makes you grow up day by day, so I could feel that my skills of cooking somehow improves day by day. “Eat well, Live well” is what I realize right now. I really want to recommend you to cook everyday by yourself, for yourself.