OUTSIDE THE BOX
Did you know bacon-wrapped shrimp etouffee, alfredo pizza, eggplant lasagna, Mahi Mahi soft tacos, Irish potato nachos, sweet chili Asian wings, artichoke-spinach omelette, Italian cream sodas, stromboli and crispy fried alligator tail were all foreign dishes to my food palate? I could run down a longer list but there’s a point to this besides making you hungry. Yes, something simple as tilapia and trout were both new to me until I mastered the inconvenience of stepping out my food comfort zone.
I grew tired of ordering the same style meals at restaurants. You know, the traditional southern fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese served with a side of green beans and sweet tea. While I still eat those Texas-Southern comfort foods, I opt to eat a bit more diverse when dining out. I made a pact with myself a while ago that whenever I go out to eat, I will always try something different.
Exploring past your boundaries begins a new journey of life.
Sometimes I’ll slip and order the same dish twice…ok maybe three or four times in a row but I can look myself in the mirror and say my food bank is continuously growing. Stepping out my food comfort zone not only makes me an adventurous foodie but it teaches me to take more risks even in the smallest ways.
My small food adjustments in restaruants prepare me for the bigger risks I need to take in life. Basically, I’m getting myself in the babit of easily taking chances. If I can’t challenge myself by trying red snapper over catfish, how will launch my own fashion magazine and clothing company?
I know you’re thinking, “Natonya, what’s the problem with ordering your favorite entrée, it’s different if you don’t go to the restaurant all the time right?” For me, what’s the point of eating at new restaurants, whether local or national if you order the same thing every time?
I believe we encounter opportunities to grow into better humans not just through obvious milestones such as graduating University or paying off your final payment to your first car note. You can grow as an individual simply by wearing polka dots and stripes together when you regularly wear monochrome outfits.
Be fearless and adapt your mind to endless possibilities.
Think about it, life is all about exploring through trial and error. Even when something doesn’t work out the way we planned or anticipated, it shouldn’t get us down or leave us feeling unmotivated. We should feel encouraged to take another leap of faith and try something new again.
Being adventurous calls you to step out your comfort zone and try new things. We cannot live life doing the same things over and over again. Sure we have our favorites but the only way to discover new preferences, we must break away from the ordinary and open our minds to something different.
What’s the most unusual dish you tried? How do you break ordinary habits?