There’s a study about the different types of fears people have. Public speaking is voted as the most feared thing, overtaking the fear of death. One of the other feared things is eating alone in public. Especially in developing countries, it is been marked as one of the fearful things to do.
People who are generally worried and concerned about the opinion and perception of others are vulnerable to societal pressures. Those who validate their worth by the valuation of others have an increased fear of eating alone, and this category of fear is known as solomangarephobia.
Of course, we all like to go out with our friends to restaurants, but in my personal opinion and experience, eating alone or at a table for one in a restaurant is an incredible experience, and makes for a wonderful mealtime. It’s a great opportunity for introspection, an absolute freedom, it is a great time to sort and order things in your mind for the future and it is also a great time for scheduling and for a lot of proactive things.
If you are working from home or office stuck with particular tasks to do, or if you’re quite bored, when you go to a restaurant and work on your laptop with some light food, it definitely helps you to bypass mental or logical obstructions and move ahead with your plan.
It’s a beautiful thing and today I am grateful for my ability to eat alone. If you haven’t tried it, try and experience the power of that experience.
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