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On (Not) Feeling Left Out
Being a Celiac means that you have an amazing attitude towards being left out. Or on the other hand, maybe you have a terrible attitude at first, but learn to accept the road blocks in front of you and get on with other activities.
In this case, I am specifically talking about $1 pint night at a local brewery. Though some of you may not have any interest in overly packed, student-heavy happy hours, I am sure you have another type of event you can relate to. $1 pint night is huge with my friends, and every Wednesday night, hordes of people flock to Sudwerks Brewery. I of course cannot join in with these beer drinking festivities, and have never attended.
This past Wednesday, a large group of my friends went out while I was left to figure something else to do. For someone who hates being alone, I was actually not upset by this. When any event boasts gluten as its main attraction, I no longer take it personally if I cannot participate. There comes a realization in every Celiac's life that the world is not made entirely for them. This goes for restaurants, events, and festivals alike, but you make the most of it.
Instead of hitting the bar this past Wednesday, I went to a friend's house, opened a bottle of red wine (naturally gluten free) and enjoyed an old SNL episode and the ridiculousness of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Us Celiacs have to make sure that they do not hold grudges over friends who occasionally do things that we cannot do. My friends are the types of people who seem to look out for my health better than I do -- sometimes stopping me from biting into food I stupidly have not read the label on, explaining to waiters the seriousness of my disease, and getting me GF lists from supermarkets and theme parks as presents.
So, I find it acceptable to excuse myself when I know an event is not for me. And through good communication, my friends understand as well. It takes a lot of courage to remove yourself from a group outing, but always keep your health and well-being in the forefront of your mind. If you are healthier, being happy is a whole lot easier! A bad stomach can make the nicest person turn into monster at times.