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.
I was the sixth person in line at the register and the five people in front of me all ordered coffee.
Now, I was not at Starbucks…
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.
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.
It struck me that this seems to be happening more and more often: people artificially limiting themselves to two options.
Whether it be two parties, two dresses, two television shows, two vacation destinations…
… too often people seem like they are limiting their scope prematurely.
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.
Now, I’m not a child. I know that the world doesn’t exist simply to entertain me.
But even a black and white world deserves some color.
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.