I’d just finished a long day at work. The kids were settled in bed for the night. My wife was cuddled up on the couch watching some TV. I had put my computer away for the night and decided to mix myself a Boulevardier. I even broke out the higher-end bourbon for this cocktail, as it was a longer day than usual.
I settled in my favourite chair and put my feet up. After heaving a deep sigh, I took a sip of the drink, savouring all the flavour as it landed on my palate. It was then that I realized something.
I realized I wanted beer instead.
Now my wife doesn’t drink all that much, but this type of drink was out o bounds for her. So I got up from my chair, headed to the kitchen, and promptly dumped the concoction down the drain. Then I grabbed a beer from the fridge and returned to my seat. Man, that beer was good.
Had this happened in my younger days, I’d have downed that cocktail and moved on to the beer afterward. Either that, or I’d have simply drank the drink while grinning and bearing it. The bottom line: I wouldn’t have wasted bourbon – higher-end or bottom of the barrel.
You know, sometimes it’s okay to toss aside something you’ve got for what you really want. Clearly you have to think about it, but don’t be afraid to do it because you just don’t want to waste it. Because you actually wind up wasting regardless, so you might as well waste what you don’t want rather than an opportunity to get what you do want.
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