Good things come to those who wait

I’ve been working on a list of common places I pick up from as an Uber Eats delivery driver and it’s nearly complete. Over the course of a few days I jotted down the restaurant names as I was reminded of them. One evening, while I was in a restaurant waiting to pick up an order, I was thinking more about which restaurants to put on this list.

There were a few other people waiting as well. As I waited, a staff person directed me to sit at a table. I reluctantly obliged, hoping I wasn’t there much longer but sitting just seemed to confirm I wasn’t going anywhere soon. A woman who was also waiting sat at the same table and we started talking about good restaurants in Nashville.

I told her about the list I was making and she seemed interested, even offering some of her own favorites, most of which I hadn’t heard of because I publicly acknowledge I don’t eat out often at all. Basically all I know are the restaurants I pick up from, hence the list pretty much being strictly places that deliver through Uber Eats.

So long story short, I appreciated our conversation and as many of you know if you read past blogs, I’m 42 years old and not married. Want to know a least favorite quality of mine? Here is one: Thinking of good things to say 10 minutes afterwards!

Her order came out and that was that. Our conversation ended but had I had any social skills at all I would’ve offered to meet up with her at one of the restaurants we talked about. That would have been the smooth, if not simply logical, thing to do. Of course, I didn’t think of that idea until she was long gone.

I wish I would’ve thought more about how to continue the conversation because I enjoyed talking with her… and those eyes. Goodness gracious. Maybe we’ll cross paths again, maybe not, but at least there are a couple lessons I learned from this:

  1. Good things come to those who wait. Had I been in and out, a quick pick up at the restaurant, I would have never met the woman. Even just a 10 minute conversation brightened my spirit, so for that I’m thankful.
  2. Remember next time to ask the woman on a dang date! The worst that could happen is I keep not dating her.

Thanks for checking out my post. If there’s an opportunity to put these two lessons into practice again, I’ll be sure to write about it. Until then, be patient, be brave, and take chances!

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

2 thoughts on “Good things come to those who wait

  1. This was very relatable. I seem to always freeze up, then 15 minutes later come up with the perfect replies. I have yet to learn from it though.

    1. One of my favorite quotes is from We Bought A Zoo — “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” Maybe we can both put this into practice this week!

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