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If you can’t be great, be interesting

As I waited for my coffee and bagel this morning, the thought occurred to me that the world is filled with a great many mediocre people.

The one standing in front of me was NOT a natural green-head.

I was the sixth person in line at the register and the five people in front of me all ordered coffee.

Sadly, no one was drinking it in this manner.

Now, I was not at Starbucks…

Because Starbucks Starsucks? No. Because Starbucks is two blocks further away and makes much poorer bagels than an establishment that has the word “bagels” in their name.

But there was a solid selection of coffee types available to these five persons.  And they all went with one of two options: regular or pumpkin-flavored.

In October, this gourd becomes 500% more delicious than in any other month. For real.

Now, I know that this is a classic case of small sample size, but I was greatly disheartened that this morning, the selection of coffee became a two-party race.

In this metaphor, Romney is a gourd. Which might be the nicest thing he is called by a registered Democrat in this election cycle.

It struck me that this seems to be happening more and more often: people artificially limiting themselves to two options.

You aren’t limited to just McDonalds and Burger King. You can, for example, inject fat directly into your veins.

Whether it be two parties, two dresses, two television shows, two vacation destinations…

…or two finalists in The Bachelorette.

… too often people seem like they are limiting their scope prematurely.

Consider: wouldn’t the Presidential Debates have been a billion times more interesting if this man had been included?

Which is probably bad in a sociopolitical way, although that is not my objection to it.  My objection is that it fails to be interesting.

Not you, Flavor Flav. Never you.

Now, I’m not a child.  I know that the world doesn’t exist simply to entertain me.

This guy has that 100% covered.

But even a black and white world deserves some color.

What’s the nicest part of this picture? The rainbow. The rainbow-colored rainbow. (That, my friends, was a verbal “double-rainbow“)

So, do me a favor.  When you go out to shop today or tomorrow and you find yourself choosing between two things, take a moment to take stock, quietly mutter “to hell with it” and pick a third thing instead*.  Times being what they are, it might be the best decision you make all day.

*I did my part.  I went in intending to get regular black coffee.  I ended up getting The Grass Hopper, a quad shot of espresso with refreshing steamed vanilla-mint milk & chocolate syrup. It was the most delicious decision I’ll make today.


One comment on “If you can’t be great, be interesting

  1. Now I want a minty coffee drink.

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