I remember it like it was yesterday…
I was at a magical dinner. But as soon as I sat at the table, my anxiety prevented me from enjoying the evening: “Which fork is for the appetizer and which one for the main course? I have no idea which glass is for what, since there are 5 different sizes to deal with.
Looking around the table, I noticed I wasn’t alone in my confusion. Even the most “experienced” guests seemed uncertain about which utensils to use. We exchanged subtle glances and smiled at each other. Though I thought my experience was solitary, it became a source of laughter and opinion-sharing. After moments of uncertainty, we managed to navigate through the dinner, exhaling a sigh of relief when dessert arrived. Learning the proper etiquette and table manners could have prevented me from feeling this way, and would have helped me navigate with confidence in any social and professional setting.
In the following years, through my work, I set a goal to become an expert in this knowledge, absorbing as much information as I could. Pushing myself further, I reached London: the source of etiquette. I realized that proper etiquette wasn’t just about knowing which fork to use or which glass to pick for water or wine. It also pertains to our behavior towards others. I understood that the foundation of etiquette is kindness, respect, and dignity, regardless of our background or social status.
Looking back on my journey, I recognize that this splendid dinner was a turning point in my life. It had taught me that proper etiquette wasn’t just a set of rules, but a way of life that could make a significant difference in people’s lives.