I can eat alone.
Back in high school or grade school, breaks all happened at the same time so the question of who to eat with was never asked. But here in college, let's face it, your friends might have other things to do or have classes during the time you're free. You might even have something to do that compromises your usual lunch time with the people you usually hang out with at breaks, therefore forced to find another time to eat. Even after college we will be faced with a full plate of food and an empty chair across us at least once.
Initially, this incites quite a lot of anxiety. There’s this voice in your head that will prey on your insecurities. You’re the loser who didn’t or don’t even have friends to share a meal with. There will be no laughter or smiles exchanged during your meal. You will be left to stare down at your phone or at your food for a good thirty minutes or so.
It’s difficult to eat alone in public at the start. But there are just some thing you should keep in mind when you do so.
No one really cares
you might actually get work done
peace and quiet
-Words and Photos by Anna Cayco