A Couple at a Table

Tonight this couple came in and sat at a small round table at the restaurant I work. They must’ve been married 50 years and had an aura about them that radiated happiness. Because they were my last table of the night and the sweetest things I’d ever seen, I didn’t mind spending extra time at their table, lingering a bit with conversation. They told me of their travels, all the time they’d spent in Czechoslovakia when it was still Czechoslovakia. How they were there when the curtain fell and it was for the first time free. They told me how they spent their honeymoon road tripping from New York to Seattle and got caught in a tornado in North Dakota and ended up camping under a fallen tree. He’d moved her all over the world and they’d built a life of love and experience in every corner of it.

She looked at him with light in her eyes as he recalled adventures they shared together. I knew they were still very much in love as he looked for her approval after each detail, certain she was proud to call him hers.

They were mildly horrified when I told them I graduated from college three years ago and was now going on six years still bartending and serving at the same restaurant. I tried to explain I hadn’t found anything I enjoyed enough to quit, but that I had plans to make efforts to take myself out of an industry that was starting to burn me out. Every excuse I said sounded so ridiculous when I heard it out loud. It filled me with a sort of embarrassment that I have so many dreams I’m sabotaging because of fear.

She told me I needed to get out of my comfort zone, that fulfilling my potential and finding passion takes bravery. She told me to be courageous and let go of whatever is scaring me out of taking the leap and leaving this plateau.

I could have sat there and talked to them for hours. It’d been so long since somebody inspired me the way this couple did. I found myself wanting to be the person this woman thought I could be. She kept telling me Just do it! You have to just do it! Something so simple and so true, holding so much life-altering meaning.

I’m thankful for people like this—those who push, those who look at me with hope and true belief that my destiny doesn’t lie in the stagnancy of my present. I’m thankful to feel my fear shaking under my surface, ready to burst out of my soul and allow me to make changes this year especially. I need to just do it.