To Enjoy A Guinness, Drink A Guinness
Some people are Budweiser people. Some are cabernet people. Some are drink their coffee black people. Some are Quad Grande Nonfat Extra Hot Caramel Macchiato Upside Down people. . . .
. . . and I don’t get that.
The Budweiser person will say they hate Guinness because it doesn’t taste like beer. The Cabernet person doesn’t like Rose because it doesn’t taste like wine. The black coffee person doesn’t like that other thing mentioned above because it doesn’t taste like coffee.
But the Bud person also likes gin, milk, whiskey, and pizza. The cab drinker likes sweet things like Pepsi and chocolate. And the black coffee drinker likes vanilla cake and Guinness! Therefore, it clearly is not the flavor profile that turns theses people off.
What is it that makes each person so closed minded?
I will tell you: It is the preconceived notion these folks have in their heads of what the given experience is supposed to be like. If the actual experience doesn’t meet that expectation, they don’t enjoy it. They simply grimace and complain that wine is not wine unless it is full bodied and dry!
And of course, the preconceived notion is not the same for everyone. There are plenty of Guinness, Rose, and Quad Grande Nonfat Extra Hot Caramel Macchiato Upside Down people who have the exact opposite expectation.
To make matters worse, there are many other, more important, experiences in life that are also ruined because the person has a certain expectation. And when that experience is different in any way, this person gets disappointed (even when the experience is actually very good).
I think the secret to this problem is to not have these expectations. You can enjoy each experience when you focus on each one independently. When you have a slice of cake, you don’t get disappointed because it doesn’t taste like cabernet? Do you?
So, you’re not drinking coffee, you’re drinking a Quad Grande Nonfat Extra Hot Caramel Macchiato Upside Down. You’re not drinking wine, you’re drinking a rose. And you’re not drinking beer, you’re drinking a Guinness. Each experience is completely different. Why let your prejudices get in the way?