At any given waking moment, we have a choice between at least two things… unless you’re doing a multiple-choice test or you’re at a buffet.
“Table for one?” asked the hostess promptly as soon as I walked in the door. I stumbled for an answer for a couple of moments, caught off guard by the quick assumption. What if I was just dropped off at the door and was waiting to be joined by someone else? On a beautiful spring day. I could just be a diva.
Her glance is now moving back and forth between me and the people forming a line behind me, so I quickly answer faking a confident smile, “Yes, please!”
I think to myself: “Just pretend like you do this all the time and no one will know the difference.”
All this struggle just to accomplish a goal on my to-do list: eat at a sit-in restaurant (not just fast food) on my own. The events of the day threw a lot of options at me today, and this was one of them. Would I do this again? In a heartbeat, and next time there will be no need to fake a smile.
Not only did I pick a restaurant without any external influence (besides yelp and google, of course), I made up my own mind about the foods I enjoyed and the ones I didn’t. That’s saying a lot for someone like me who gets influenced very easily in subtle, usually subconscious ways by whatever and whoever is in the surrounding environment (#PeoplePleaserProblems).
I smiled just thinking about what my husband would say, lovingly and jokingly, about the amount of cilantro on my plate, the weird order of dishes I chose from the buffet, and the ones I didn’t end up finishing. All in all, I enjoyed the food in its purity and dare I say my own company!
My highlight of today was taking a moment to evaluate my choices and making the right ones for myself. How about you?