I usually don’t give celebrities any attention.
If I felt like hearing about irrelevant gossip, I’d turn on Keeping up with the Kardashians.
However, there was one man who struck a chord with me: A 61-year-old lanky chef from New York. While I can’t seem to recall the first moment I watched him navigate through the country of Myanmar with a beer in hand, Anthony Bourdain was in his own lane. I’m not quite sure what caught my attention first. Maybe it was simply how badass he looked with his tattoos? Or the fact that he was always the only white guy at the dinner table and wouldn’t give two craps about what food was in front of him; he’s going to eat it. He’s going to make it political. He’s going to have a beer… a couple beers.
For those of you who have no idea who Bourdain was, I would summarize him as a celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian. He first became known for his best selling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and would later dive into writing and television. His most recognizable two projects were Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel and later Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN.
His first show peaked my interest while flipping through the channels. His second became an instant favorite.
These television series would see Anthony exploring unknown locations of the world and cutting political tension with beer and food.
“Nobody showed what it’s really like on the ground in Libya, in Laos, in Congo, in a rural area of West Virginia — those [episodes] were Tony’s most wonderful and artistic works,” Chris Bourdain said after his brother’s death.
The banker, who resides in New York, continued, “They’re beautifully produced, informative and showing you a reality on TV that nobody is showing. Nobody, nobody.”
While Anthony seemed to have everyone’s dream job, he committed suicide in June of 2018.
I was gutted.
Every Sunday, I’ll turn on Parts Unknown. Even when I’m watching it by myself, someone always gets sucked in (my roommate or my own mother).
His demeanor is something like a rock star. His journalistic edge even more methodical. Every Sunday, I’m reminded the world truly is a little darker without Bourdain.
June 25th would have been his 62nd birthday and I began seeing tribute posts to him on social media. So, here I am paying homage to Mr. Anthony Bourdain. Below are some quotes from the big man himself. Enjoy – maybe even write one down. And please, if you aren’t familiar with his work, it’s on Netflix for all you binge watchers.
1. “Luck is not a business model.”
2. “When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out.”
3. “I’ve had a lot of success in my career by doing things that are creatively satisfying and not really concerning myself with the market.”
4. “I’m willing to accept less of an audience or maybe no audience rather than suck.”
5. “Without new ideas, success can become stale.”
6. “We can do business together or not. Tell me now.”
7. “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
8. “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river.”
9. “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”
10. “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.”
11. “Just because someone you work with is miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious, and a corrupt asshole shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them, or finding them entertaining.”
12. “Under ‘Reasons for Leaving Last Job,’ never give the real reason, unless it’s money or ambition.”
13. “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”
14. “Life–and travel–leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks–on your body or on your heart–are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
15. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”
16. “Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.”
17. “There are people out there whom I feel should champion. And it’s just creatively and personally satisfying to help people get heard.”
18. “I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find a perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.”
19. “Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom … is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”
20. “The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”
*All quotes were taken from http://www.inc.com