Monday, September 09, 2013
In The Pursuit of Happiness: Life is like a buffet
In life, you first learn to take baby steps. You slowly roll around on the floor; then when you're feeling a bit bold, you master crawling. Eventually, you move on to walking, but your steps are still cautious and baby-like. But they're nonetheless a solid foundation on which to build the rest of your childhood. Like walking, the salad bar -- full of its infinite varieties of lettuce, croutons, bacon bits and alluring, tangy dressings -- is the foundation to any good buffet meal. It's a classic. An oldie but most definitely a goodie. That lettuce turns out to be your foundation for the future. As you approach the teen years, you yearn to take risks, to step outside the lines and be known for something “out of the ordinary.” So what do you naturally do? You live dangerously, my friend. You eat macaroni and cheese by the plateful. You order the messiest, greasiest chicken, throw away the fork and decide to eat it with your bare hands. You even don't think twice about piling on the butter, cheese and sour cream into the center of your mammoth baked potato. You only live once, after all, you think, as you shrug your shoulders and add a second baked potato with the works to your plate.
As you savor every last bite of that dessert, you realize something profound. Life is not about the race or about sprinting or galloping to the finish line. Just like the classic buffet, it's about pacing yourself and having the patience to survey the whole horizon, taking it all in one very precise step at a time. One frame at a time. Take a walk around the buffet of life, and see where the wind might take you. My sister is a wise gal. I'm sure she'll pace her time better at the next buffet. And don't forget to eat your fruits and vegetables.
[Photos via We Heart It]