Buffets are not the best means of eating for anxious people.
So many choices, so much activity, so many chances for E. Coli and bacteria.
Then the bus loads of people coming in, adding to the tumult. Kids cranky from traveling. Everybody wanting food at the same time. Not unlike the distractions of life, pulling our attentions from our goal: homing in on the buffet line.
The myriad choices are like our choices in life. So many desirable options. Mac n’ cheese. Fried chicken. Tostadas. Sweet and sour pork. Then what we should eat: the salad. Also a lot like life, no? We can choose what we know we need and is usually more cost effective (i.e. veggies) vs. what we want or think we should have (bacon-wrapped filet).
In the world of an anxious person, who cannot prioritize, who perseverates over decision-making, who gets overwhelmed easily, the all-you-can-eat buffet is a microcosm for life on a very bad day.
Unfortunately in real life, we do not have a Reina, the queen of bussing, to clear away our messes – or watch us to decide when that’s needed.
Or an all-you-can-eat ice cream bar. Damn it.