Also, you know what my favorite thing is about being an adult? Well, yah, okay, but my favorite thing that I'm willing to write about in my lj? The kind of confidence that comes from experience. In this particular case, I could look at the recipe I was using for the orange-canteloupe soup, and I could squint at the line where it said, "4 to 5 large ripe canteloupes," and I could say, "No. I am on canteloupe number 2.5, and already the other flavors are getting lost. I will finish this to make it a round number of three canteloupes, and then I will quit, because I have the nose, and I know how I want this soup to taste, and you, lady who wrote the recipe, do not." Because if I'd wanted to puree canteloupe, I know how to do that -- but I wanted to taste the orange juice, the lemon juice, the wine, the cinnamon, the cream. In fact, I wanted canteloupe soup, not canteloupe puree. And because I've done this sort of thing before, if not this specific thing, I didn't have to get to the point where I was dissatisfied with the result. I could stop before then and be satisfied.
Apply at will to friendships, writing, other life lessons: sometimes you really do know what you want, and it doesn't have to be what other people want, and it's good to be able to spot those times. And sometimes to slurp their frothy orange goodness.