Monday, February 2, 2015

You Won't Believe What This Girl Does When She Orders Chipotle...What A Hero

*Dusts off this blog* that I've fooled you with the type of ridiculous title I've been seeing all over Facebook


Forces beyond my control led me to Chipotle tonight. There I was, standing in line probably being judged by the high school youths that were huddled around a table with their dreams and their cardigans. Ever since I started watching the food network (still unsure of how that happened), I’ve become more open to ~shaking things up~. I normally order a chicken burrito at Chipotle, but today, I decided to throw away my life savings and order a chicken burrito with GUACAMOLE. Because why not. Because America. Because we’re young and we’re reckless, we’ll take this way too far.

My transaction at the register was quick, mostly due to social anxiety of people waiting on me to get my life together while I’m paying. It wasn’t until I was filling up my water cup that I realized they hadn’t charged me my firstborn child for the guacamole. I looked back at the line. It was starting to get busy. The sun was setting. I was near the door. 

I then became W. Smith

Flashbacks of Sunday school lessons about honesty played in my head. “JESUS WILL KNOW” “SATAN SAYS IT’S NO BIG DEAL” “H E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS IS FOR THE LIARS”. 

I’m making this way longer than it should be. I went back to the register and was like “yo, you didn’t charge me for my guac”. The cashier looked confused for a second and then responded with “....oh, uh...sorry about that”. She then charged me for my guacamole and I left.

I turned down Shakira on the drive home while I pondered what had happened. It was trivial and a bit inconvenient. I could’ve probably lived the rest of my life and turned out to be a decent human being. What I thought about more was the motivation behind doing what I did.

Why do we do the right things?

Some of us hold the belief that blessings or good karma will come our way if we do the right thing. Maybe we’ll avoid negative consequences or punishment for our actions if we do the right thing. Maybe we reverse the roles and decide to do the right thing because that’s how we would want to be treated. These reasons can be considered motivations for doing the right thing, which leads me to my next question..

Why do we need motivation to do the right things? 

Was part of me disappointed that the cashier didn’t just let me have my guac for free? Sure. If this was a picture perfect example of the principle of honesty, the cashier would’ve been like “omg sweetie don’t even worry about it. Here, have a churro also” and I would’ve bumped into Ryan Gosling on the way out. Where was my gold trophy? Was this vision a product of the entitlement of my generation, or rather, the way we were raised to create such a perspective?

alright, fine.

My point is, maybe we should stop socializing future generations to do the right things because of future rewards/fear of punishment/etc. Maybe we should stop listing reasons as to why we should do the right things. Are we capable of doing the right things just because they’re right? Can that be reason enough? Granted, “the right thing” is subjective in many many contexts, but I believe that common ground can be found in the phrase.

I don’t have answers to a lot of these questions, but I think we should start placing more faith in ourselves and our ability to act in decent ways. No fire and brimstone. No Ryan Gosling.

xoxox, Holls


The only thing you actually need to know is that the burrito was 5/5 stars