Why Not Both?

Last May, I asked my boyfriend if he would rather we spend our vacation in Barcelona visiting my family, or traveling around Ireland with friends. His response was to quote a meme: “Why not both?”

It was the beginning of a new world for us. Every either/or decision became an either/or/both decision. Should we spend the weekend at home, or out? Why not both?! Should I buy a small laptop case for conferences, or a larger one to double as an airplane carry on? Why not both?! And so on and so forth. In many cases, I still choose one or the other, but the phrase “why not both” is now a gentle reminder to me to “think outside the box” and consider other, less binary alternatives. Continue Reading