How to Eat Alone—And Why It's Empowering

Here’s a hot take: eating alone is better than eating with others. You don’t have to worry about talking with your mouth open, and you don’t have to think about how fast/slow you’re eating. Wake up, America, it’s time to ditch the idea that eating alone is a sign of sadness and start understanding that it’s actually a sign of self-assurance.

So, you’re new to this whole thing. Where do you start? Let me first say that there is no reason for you to be embarrassed that you don’t have a dining companion. I promise that absolutely nobody cares about the fact that you’re alone. Really, seriously, honestly, nobody cares. So let’s chat. You’re hungry, your friends are all busy, and you just checked the dining hall menu and it looks absolutely great, for once.

Grab your backpack, fill up your water bottle, and head over. And here’s where it gets complicated. What you have to do now is get food, find an open table, sit down, and eat. 

I hope you weren’t looking for anything profound because that’s all you’re going to get because that’s all there is to it. Eating alone just means eating alone. 

Nervous to sit and eat alone? No problem. Pull out your laptop and do (or pretend to do) work. Everyone will just assume that you’re super studious.

I have another hot take for you. The notion that food brings people together is 100% true. It does, and that’s great, and we all know that. However, food can also be enjoyed without the company of others to enjoy it with. I mean it: some of the best eating is that which is done alone.


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