There I was at the gym getting ready to bench when someone I had never met before, a young man wearing a certain amount of camo, stood over me with a simple, two-word command, ‘Do it.’ ‘Will you spot me?’ I asked. Then he spoke these three simple words, ‘Yay, Do it.’
I leave tomorrow for Napa where I will sit for my level 3 WSET. It will be my first graded blind tasting, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m a bit nervous. But over the past few months I’ve heard more than a few words of encouragement from wine friends, comments like, ‘Stay focused and let the wine speak to you.’ ‘Tests are stressful, but how often do you get to take a test on something you’re passionate about?’ ‘I had a dream that you passed with distinction.’ My wonderful wine friends are all saying to me what that stranger in the gym said. They’re all saying ‘Yay, do it,’ only with more words and less camo.