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Concepts Conformity and Non-Conformity

            The dictionary defines conformity as "behavior that is in compliance with socially accepted standards." People tend to behave in this manner if they want to feel a sense of belonging, or they are just not confident enough in their own interests or abilities. When I was younger I used to always stay at my grandparents' house on the weekends. To my delight, every Sunday morning I would wake up to the smell the freshly made sausage, bacon, or pancakes, still sizzling on the stove. My grandma and I used to always cook dinner together. She loved getting me involved in whatever she was cooking. Whether it was stirring the sauce, rolling the dough, or even mixing a salad, she had me doing something. This is where I really fell in love with cooking. .
             Cooking within itself is not that common of a hobby. While some people collect different items and others play instruments to pass the time, I like to open up my fridge and see if I can make something from some of the first things I see. The process of putting a bunch of ingredients together and making something that you and your whole family can enjoy is what really drives me to do it. I love to see the smiling faces when my parents try a new dish that I found a recipe for. Before I really got good at it, I realized that following a recipe is very important. If you don't follow it all the way through then it will either turn out looking like throw up or tasting like throw up. It took time, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Learning is the biggest thing in cooking. You learn from your mistakes and you learn from experience. Through this experience your own opinions and ideas start to form and the ability to make something unique is born. .
             "I am not made like any of those I have seen. I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different." This quote by Jean- Jacques Rousseau illustrates the importance of nonconformity and the importance of being unique among those who have similar interests.

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