If you have ever read “The Three Bears” you know it’s about a little girl named Goldilocks, who breaks into a family of bears’ house. The main part of this story that sticks out is when she tries to eat porridge that the bears had left out on the table. She tries Papa bear’s porridge and finds it to be too hot. Goldilocks then tries Mama bear’s porridge and it is too cold. She finally gets to Baby bear’s porridge and finds that it is just right. The fact is not just any porridge would do.
It may seem like a simple children’s story, but it holds a deeper meaning to help us better understand picky eaters. I want you to realize that everyone has an opinion, even if they are unwilling to give it. Many of us eat things we do not like for fear of hurting someone’s feelings or the hassle of explaining to your server what you want or do not want. Goldilocks knew exactly what she wanted and did not stop tasting food until she got exactly what she wanted. We have to realize that liking, or not liking, a certain type or texture of food is not weird, and should be celebrated.
Going back to the example, we are trained as children to find the normal food to be “just right” when our taste buds are not the same as everyone else’s taste buds. Consider Papa bear’s porridge. It was said to be too hot. But too hot to whom? Goldilocks! Of course we can conclude for Papa bear, it was just right. The same can be said for Mama bear as well. I know many people who prefer their food cold. Do you think they ask for their food cold at a restaurant?
In a day and age in the world where being different is being celebrated more and more, we are still afraid to ask for food the way we want it. For you, for me, for the ones who hate mayonnaise or tomatoes, the ones who don’t like vanilla or chocolate, but love strawberry. These people are not weird. These people are you and me. Why should we settle? I refuse to settle. Life is too short. It’s time to be honest with ourselves and the ones preparing our food. Living life to the fullest also means never settling for second best!