One of my favourite questions to ask people is: If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? Anytime I am in a group of people, I always find that question a fun ice-breaker. My last meal would be a seafood platter with lobster tail, crab, scallops, prawns (with hot melted butter for dipping) and, for dessert, cheesecake. My sister can’t stand shellfish. She says she wishes she did, as it looks so appealing to her, but she just can’t stomach it. How is it possible that we grew up together, have the same parents and have different tastes? Then again, everyone in the world has different tastes. I find it weird there are people who don’t like coffee. I even know people who love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. There are many foods some people love and other items people avoid like the plague — foods like blue cheese, sushi, tomatoes and many more.
If I were to ask you to explain why you don’t like a specific food, it would be challenging to do so — but people don’t really need an explanation. If they don’t like it, they will just order something else. It’s not the peanut butter’s fault you don’t like it, but it just isn’t for you. The peanut butter didn’t do anything wrong. It’s the same with dating. Sometimes when you first meet someone and get to know them, you end up realizing they may be a great person, and will be good for someone else, but they are just not for you. Rejection isn’t fun. We have all been rejected in life, whether in relationships, jobs or sports teams, but we can’t stop living for fear of being rejected. The right person just hasn’t found you yet.
I have had people tell me it’s painful to break up with someone and, in some cases, they feel it’s harder to deliver the break-up than receive it. Some people even say they wish the person had done something really wrong or there were big red flags, but in the end, sometimes it comes down to just not being the person for them. It’s the same with art. Have you ever been in a gallery and some people are completely in love with a piece and you wouldn’t even consider hanging it in your garage , let alone your dining room? Some people love abstract art, while others like photography. In the end, what really matters is that you enjoy the food you love and the art you have chosen. But remember — you can find food cooked to perfection and art with no blemishes, but if you think you can find a person who ticks every single item on your wish list, you will be eating solo for a long time. Then again, that is better than eating your last meal on death row.
If you are happy, single and looking to share your different tastes with someone special, contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.