As you know I definitely am a lady who lunches. I love it even to the point where I might love it more than going out to dinner. So last week a friend and I decided to have a really hefty lunch. You know the kind of meal where afterwards you feel like napping? That kind! Coming to think of it we basically had dinner at lunchtime, if you believe in categorizing what you can and cannot eat at what part of the day. Instead of a light pasta, we opted for burgers and fries. Luckily we did, because the waitress told us they had just added a new dessert to their menu; American Pancakes. We immediately decided that the following week we were going to have dessert for lunch as the restaurant is not open at breakfast hours. What a great excuse to have pancakes for lunch.
On the set morning I unfortunately got a text message from my friend saying that she couldn’t make it. I was very disappointed because I had been looking forward to the pancakes all week! I shook it off and decided I’d have pancakes for lunch some other day. However during the day I kept thinking about it and wondering whether or not I should go eat them by myself when suddenly it hit me. Someone cancelling plans doesn’t have to mean that I don’t get to do something, it means they don’t get to do it! So at lunchtime I marched to the restaurant asked for a table for one and was seated.
Did some work while waiting for my pancakes but as soon as they arrived I packed everything up and fully focused on enjoying my pancakes. After the first bite I immediately gave myself a lecture. Me enjoying my life and treating myself well starts with me. Me doing things for me, by myself. I can tell you every bite of those pancakes made my day better and better. I totally would’ve missed out on deliciousness if I had decided to wait till my friend was able to go with me. I’m grateful that I didn’t. By me still going I had a chance to really sit and enjoy the moment and also empower myself.
To really make sure that I was well treated and feeling all sorts of pampered I decided to apply what I learned in Manchester. I learned that after lunch it is perfectly okay to have dessert. I didn’t have a triple chocolate brownie, but I had my other great love, an Oreo McFlurry. Best believe that I enjoyed every last bit of that too and because I sat all the way on the top floor of McDonalds I was treated to a great view as well. After my delicious pancakes and McFlurry I was so full I could barely walk. You’d think that would make me regret eating it all but I can tell you it was more than worth it and would do it again in a heartbeat.
I’m happy I realized that someone’s no doesn’t mean I have to say no to me too.