A couple of days ago, I went to Jamba Juice for lunch. It was sunny. The breeze was warm. And I felt like sipping on a Mega Mango smoothie. When I got there, I noticed two guys standing in front of the entrance. One had a notepad, and one had a very professional looking video camera. The one with the notepad was interviewing a young couple while the other one filmed.
I cautiously side-stepped the foursome and tip-toed my way to the door, not wanting to be stopped. It is Los Angeles, after all, so it’s not like this kind of thing is out of the norm, but I wasn’t in the mood to become a Jamba Juice spokeswoman.
While I stood in line with the 30 others who had decided that day was a good smoothie day, I pondered the people outside. Just what were they talking about? What kind of questions were they asking? What was it for?
My curiosity had gotten the best of me. So, on my way out, Mega Mango smoothie in hand, I slowed my step and strained an ear to hear what was going on. That’s when I heard the guy with the notepad ask, “What three words would you say best describe you?”
My eyebrows shot up in surprise. What kind of question was that?! The kind of question that is definitely not easy to answer on the spur of the moment, that’s for sure.
I got into my car and stared at the steering wheel, my smoothie in the cup holder, forgotten. What three words described me the best, I wondered. Happy? No, too easy. Fun? No, too vague. Grateful? No, too cliché.
Suddenly, I was obsessed with finding the perfect three words that best described me. I thought about it all the way back to the office. I emailed my friends and asked what three words best described them. I Googled synonyms for happy and fun and grateful. I was on a mission.
Sadly, I can’t tell you what three words I decided on because I never came to a final decision. Maybe it was the number. Three. How am I supposed to only pick three? Or maybe it was the way the guy had asked the question, as if the answer really mattered. I’m not sure, but I just can’t seem to decide on the three that describe me best. I think I could pick ten, maybe five. But three? Sheesh.
Think about it. What three words best describe you?