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Where Should We Go?

Here’s a ridiculous confession:

There are few roles I resist more than being the guy who picks the restaurant.

I’m going to lunch today with a friend, and when he asked me where we should go, I could feel the tension surge through me.

It’s too much pressure. Whenever I choose, I’m on edge throughout the meal, as if how much the other person likes their meal is a reflection of how much they like me.

I’m much more comfortable living with their choice than worrying about how they feel about mine.

I acknowledge this is not a healthy way to be, and that picking a restaurant is just not that big of a deal.

But I know this fear is a surface-level manifestation of issues that run much deeper.

Why am I not more confident in what I want? Why do I relegate my desires to second-class status? Why do I care so much about what other people think?

Unfortunately, I’ve been this way for so long, I’m not sure how to stop.

Any suggestions?


This article originally appeared on 100 Naked Words.

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