I’ve been feeling extra badass of late, and finding myself single again, have been looking forward to connecting with the fairer sex.
Standing in line at Starbucks, I saw the cutest barista.
Luscious and long dark hair, with an innocent smile that masked passion.
Before I even get to the counter, my heart started beating just a little faster. The butterflies in my tummy tickled with gentle excitement. Sweaty palms too? Check.
As she started working on my latte, I shouted across the counter, perhaps too loudly so that half of the room heard:
She stopped and looked up with concern and curiosity.
With the most serious face I could muster, I said:
“Can you put some extra…LOVE in my latte please?”
At first, her face betrayed her confusion. Then a smile cracked open with dimples the size of crop circles.
She wants me! Foolish optimism kicked in immediately.
We bantered for a bit, and before getting my latte and leaving, I said nonchalantly:
“Why don’t you put your phone number down on a piece of napkin, otherwise I ain’t leaving.”
I was THAT confident.
Her smile turned into Stone Cold Steve Austin and she said cooly:
“I’m not putting ANYTHING down.”
I had no come back. Wasn’t prepared. I was so sure.
And it doesn’t help at all when there were a dozen people watching and snickering at me.
I could feel my face starting to get warm, and so grabbed my drink and walked sheepishly away.
As I sat in the corner of Starbucks, looking out the window, relishing the bitterness of my latte, and feeling a little stupid, a sense of satisfaction enveloped me.
I always feel so ALIVE when I confront the uncomfortable.
I always feel so ALIVE when I experience embarrassment.
I always feel so ALIVE when I put myself out there.
Don’t get me wrong, I would’ve loved for the Starbucks Girl to say YES. I was just reminded that many of the great things that have happened in my life…relationships, friendships, business deals, and more, all happened because I jumped on opportunities and/or made choices that could’ve potentially made me look foolish.
If we aren’t regularly getting rejected and looking like fools, we’re probably not trying enough things, or not trying hard enough.
I don’t want to sound high and mighty, because I constantly have to remind myself too.
Human tendency defaults to comfort, yet progress is made in discomfort.
When is your Starbucks Girl rejecting you?