I took up cooking when I was pregnant with my oldest son. I think it was a subconscious bid to become a "mother" like my own mother. My mother always cooked meals from scratch when I was a kid, and we ate very little processed food.
So, I started reading Cooking Light and Vegetarian Times religiously and checking out cookbooks from the library. I secretly knew that I was a better cook than my mother, but I did share her penchant for getting distracted and burning things.
When I discovered the raw 80-10-10 way of eating, I was spending approximately 3-4 hours per day preparing meals.
Now my food prep is down to an hour or less.
At first, I felt a little bit of discombobulation... who knew so much of my identity as a mother was so tied up with my role as family cook?
However, now I realize what freedom I've stumbled upon. Free time to spend with my kids in meaningful activities we all enjoy. And freedom from worry that someone won't like the food I've spent so much time on. I used to really get hurt if the kids didn't like a recipe.
I'm glad to put that ugly issue behind me at least! Good grief.
And, I am not adding to my collection of scars from burning myself, or stinking up the house when I accidentally burn something (again). :)