This is what I had for lunch today.
Having sushi for lunch isn’t a big deal but what was remarkable for me was that I was eating lunch alone. In a restaurant.
Eating alone used to freak me out. Would it make me look sad and lonely? What was I supposed to do while waiting for my food to arrive? Would it be weird to make eye contact with other diners?
It made me so uncomfortable that I would rather not eat at all when alone. And it seems that I’m not the only one who feels this way. According to a CNN article last year, “Hate Dining Solo? Site Offers a Solution“, many women found eating alone terrifying. And many of these women were bright, strong businesswomen who had no problems making multi-million dollar decisions in a boardroom. Yet they could not handle the thought of sitting alone in a restaurant.
“If no colleagues or business partners are around, I just don’t eat. I can’t remember when I last had a meal out on my own,” says Banfi, head of records management and operations at Guinness World Records.
I’ve come a long way. These days, it no longer scares me to walk into a restaurant and ask for a table for one. What’s changed? Age I think. As I get older, it bothers me less and less what other people think. Plus I’ve figured everyone else is more interested in their meal than in me.
Today, I enjoyed my sushi while catching up on blogs. It was nice.
I’ve finally let go of the school cafeteria in my head. So, I’m eating alone. Meh.