Dinning for One

The world is full of taboo careers, mentalities, hobbies, and interests. Some of these are observed by the general society, but for the most part, we rarely notice. Yes, it’s what makes the world go round. I’ve never really liked the word, “weird.” I often challenge those who call others weird to define the term itself. And of course, they can’t (or come up with an array of stuttering and awkward pauses). Instead, I’d rather substitute weird with unique. We need those unique people, who don’t think like the mainstream audience,  to create new technology, social networking tools, and array of other “weird things” that general consumers can’t live without.

There’s a deep pit I get in my stomach when I see someone dinning alone. I feel terrible, sad, depressed, and full of emotion. It’s like seeing someone alone on Christmas. There’s a burning desire to reach out and console a lonesome character. We’ve all had this happen before. Honestly, how could you not feel bad for a person whom we all often portray as a lonely person. It’s a proven fact that humans aren’t meant to be alone for long periods of time. It would drive even the sanest mind into the ground.

I think, though, my mind is beginning to change, well at least somewhat. I read an article recently in Kinfolk Magazine, written by Ashley Paquin. In her piece, she dives deep into the abyss of lonesome dinning by oneself. It’s not that I condone the notion of wanting to be by oneself, but I truly felt that I somehow needed some kind of communication with the outside world. I’ll admit, though, Ashley opened the idea into a new room, one that may only be occupied by a single person. “Perhaps dinning alone is the perfect way to rethink your relationship with yourself, and to reconfigure the pathway to self and love.” She’s got a good point here; that is we are over-consumed with just about everything. The world is polluted. Noise, images, videos, media; it’s enough to drive anyone nuts. I’m not saying to completely un-plug yourself and move to the middle of Nebraska. What I am saying, though, is to turn off your phone once in a while. Eat by yourself, without the sounds of external media bombarding your mind. I know it may have a deeper meaning behind it, but looking into it may just be the worst thing you could do.

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Christopher Dam

Christopher Dam is a senior writer/photographer with A&H Magazine