How Your Meal Preference Will Reveal Who Your Friends Are

How Your Meal Preference Will Reveal Who Your Friends Are

Disclaimer: This is a weak and silly comparison of a meal with the human nature, but for the sake of understanding why we do what we do sometimes, some irrationality can be helpful in getting close to some speculations that could make deeper meaning to Socrates, perhaps. No need to read too much meaning so you don’t feel like the human character is being underrepresented or trivialized.

You don’t taste better than a meal

I have a theory about how the pattern for meal preferences can be likened to the behavioral pattern of ‘some’ individuals and I have evidence for that. Let’s analyze.

Just like how you can have a preference for a meal and shun some other meals, you also can like some people, and not so much as blink at others. But if you gave it a second thought, you’d see that chances are that you probably wouldn’t mind that meal you so much hated while growing up if you tried it again, especially if the case is you being oblivious to any exact reason you hated it in the first place. It’s very simple why.

How Your Meal Preference Will Reveal Who Your Friends Are

Meal case study

Between the time you were little, an infant perhaps, and now you’re bigger, say partly full -grown adult, of-course there was a few years right in the centre abi. Let’s call those the transition years, where you frequently left your residence to a different place or institution (school, church).

Now, because you’ve gotten somewhat independent and you have a tight-knit gaggle of goofy friends with weird taste in meals, surely, you must have tasted something different from what you were raised with, and either grunt or get mesmerized by a few. But somehow, you get habituated to the taste and somehow you manage it.

Those transition years condoned all the odd-tasting meals and heavily spiced snacks, more than your body could take, your regular trips to the toilet, at that period, validated it.

If you check it, most of those meals you hated as a kid, you might actually like now because your taste buds must have passed through those transition years of TASTES. What do you know, one of the snacks/fruits you got used to, has a pinch of ginger just like that one you always kind of got repulsed by (as a kid). Of course you won’t probably hate that meal any longer, right? Because the good old tongue has adjusted to the discomfort of that meal, you even start to forget you shouldn’t like, let alone welcome the meal.

How Your Meal Preference Will Reveal Who Your Friends Are

Is this meal analogy really about a meal?

That was just an awful long way of saying people you grew up hating, but lost the exact reason you hated the person, if you currently find ways to communicate to that person, you’d find out chances are you might actually accommodate the person. And it’s very simple why.

Those transitional (independent) years, you’ve been able to fraternize with people, either by condition or selection, you’ve been exposed to little bits of character differences. You’ve seen how ‘birds of a feather flock together’ and also how ‘like charges repel’. You know now, more than you did 5/6 years ago, and you have an idea why some people are how they are and you can understand a little.

So maybe if you got to know that person you hate-but-dont-know-why, you might be able to tolerate him/her if not be friends, rather than roll your eyes and hiss loudly when both your paths cross on some days. After-all, quite a number of your friends don’t act the exact way you do, and the others are just so similar, they totally get you. So this person you’ve hated should fall in the latter or the former.

How Your Meal Preference Will Reveal Who Your Friends Are

What about when the meal presently tastes as bad as before?

BUT sometimes the case is that you know exactly why a certain meal was repugnant to you back then since the urge to kill yourself after every of that meal got stronger. The nauseating feeling after eating always suggested it was just about the meal and not your evil relatives after your life. No soothsayer should tell you to abstain from anything that bears the resemblance to that dish.

This can be interpreted as being in the company of a person that has an attitude as rotten as how it had always been, which caused you to be irritated in the first place.

What if your body system does not support the meal?

Again, there could be the case of allergy reactions. Like after comfortably eating {insert food name}, your lips start to swell, or you get painful rashes. You never intended to get antagonized by a meal when starting out to eat for the first time, but you still have to strike that meal option out of your To-Eat list.

You encounter someone for the first time and you instantly don’t fancy the personality. Their impression towards you leaves you displeased and you just don’t agree with their thought process regarding a lot of account.

How Your Meal Preference Will Reveal Who Your Friends Are

Other trivial meal scorns

Don’t also forget the slight cases where you don’t like a meal because of the way it’s shaped, or because your hands can’t really get around them, or there’s no right way to eat it without getting yourself, or around you, messed up. That’s like loathing something for bizarre faults, but still you do, because you don’t want to be bothered.

Just like how people also kind of do this thing where they hate you for the wrong reasons at first, and then it sticks. They hate you not because you’re a bad person, but the timing of everything else is wrong. You just don’t say ‘hi’ when you pass by, or you wear too much cologne.

So technically, they don’t hate you. But when you can point out why a person irritates you and acclaim it to their personality, as you know for a certain that s/he is mean in a way you don’t like or has an air of superiority, or talks too much, so you stay away because you don’t need the aggravation.

How Your Meal Preference Will Reveal Who Your Friends Are

Food…People…Silly comparison? I don’t think so.

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  1. I see the comparison…but it’s such a long winded way to say, don’t judge a book by its cover.., yay or nay?

  2. Interesting. There was a meal I used to like when I was a kid. Somehow, sometime during my adult years I started reacting badly to it. Reminds me of folks I used to be cool with that and then it all turned sour. That’s the point, right?

  3. Makes sense. Our preferences–in food, friends, pastimes–are shaped by our experiences and change over time. Except when our experiences reinforce our reasons for preferring as we do. Love your writing when I’m in the mood to be taken on a literary journey. It’s always an interesting perspective.

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    1. Thank you dear for sharing your thoughts.

      Oh sure thing. Took the survey when you posted it. Will take another now since I’m all light headed and free

  4. This makes a lot of sense to me. Like I can’t force myself to eat chicken skin same goes to some people that I can’t force myself to be friends with

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