What My Burrito Bowl Tells Me About My Life

You betcha. You read the title right. Everyone’s burrito bowl (or burrito, or quesadilla) truly explains their personality. Each little ingredient in your delicious Mexican food reveals a little part of you, it’s not rocket science. Before I tell you what my burrito bowl tells me about my personality, we should warm up. For you who Vine, you’ll understand. For those who love Chipotle, you’ll understand. If you’ve never seen this video clip before, you will understand once its done.

So, like that little boy, Chipotle is my life. Despite that the nearest Chipotle is in Grandville (only a 20-minute drive!) it’s so worth visiting. I mean, I could get into that Chipotle vs. Qdoba war, but it really comes down to your preference. Let me tell you that although I love Chipotle, I also thoroughly enjoy Qdoba. Plus, there are more Qdoba spots around the area so it is more accessible. But, Chipotle for life.

White Lime & Cilantro Rice

This is my foundation in my burrito bowl, but rice in general is a foundation in my life being that it is a staple. Being Filipino and all, I eat rice with every meal (practically). In addition, it represents me as a human, it is my backbone. I always know that this will be a constant both in my burrito bowl and life. Not to mention that it is so tasty. If you don’t have this in your bowl, you’re missing out.

Pinto Beans

Beans, beans, the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot. This layer goes on top of my foundation. So, it’s like the floor above the basement in a house. What does this mean? My pinto beans are another level up to my rice. It is the very platform that I need to maintain an adequate burrito bowl and life. My pinto beans represent my values and other ideas and thoughts are firm and somewhat resistant to change. They can be alternated with black beans from time to time, but that rarely happens.


So Chipotle chicken is really good. I want to be able to make chicken like that. But what my chicken represents in my life are my passions. I have a passion for Chipotle, dance, academics – nursing in particular, traveling, and so much more. Each little piece of chicken could easily represent a passion. Not only does it represents my passions, but it also represents my drive to pursue my passions seeing as it is a protein source (thanks Nate!).

Pico de Gallo Salsa

Otherwise known as mild salsa, this is my next layer to my life. It represents my adventurous side. It’s not too spicy that I take life-threatening risks, but it’s not bland to the point that I’m mundane. Pico really shows my various adventurous sides. From time to time, I take a bite of my food and get a good piece of red onion – that would represent my wildest adventures like going to Europe twice in one year! This layer is also constant in my life.

Sour Cream

Yeah, some people are not a fan of this, but it’s good and I only eat it when I go to Chipotle. This represents my adaptable side. Because sour cream is not a solid, it’s not constant and can take many forms. It’s important to remember that life will throw crazy things at you (cheese), so you’ll need to be prepared to expect the unexpected and be able to adapt to the issue. By doing so, you’ll decrease your stress and you will produce a good outcome.


As I mentioned above, cheese is what life throws at you. It can be a long problem (long shreds of cheese) or it can be a short problem (short shreds of cheese). It can taste good, or it can taste bad. It can be scattered throughout your ball, it so it represent many things going on at once. But because it’s on top of my sour cream, I can adapt to it. My sour cream almost absorbs the cheese and I end up going with the flow.


The very last layer of my burrito bowl, but an important one. They represent my friendships and connections. Unfortunately friendships comes and go, and this would represented by the lettuce on the outside perimeter of my burrito bowl. Once I put that fork in there, some lettuce pieces fall out. On the other hand, the lettuce that stands tall in my plethora of food represents my best friends. They don’t fall off, especially when I mix my food!

My layers of Chipotle all working together!
My layers of Chipotle all working together!

So you have all of these layers of food, then you mix it. Eating it with out mixing it is a crime. When you mix it, it represents that each layer works with each other to make me who I am. Writing this blog was actually more difficult than I thought it was going to be. Some of my friends say I have a problem (because I’m at Chipotle once a week), but I just enjoy it so much. And connecting it to my life was even harder, but I think I successfully did this. I hope you enjoyed it folks! I hope you can find meaning in the little things in life because that makes life so much better. If you haven’t already, make sure to read my other blogs, follow me on Twitter, and on Instagram!

Published by Marvin Solberg

Greetings! My name is Marvin Solberg and my hometown is Traverse City, Michigan. I am a Hope College senior studying nursing, and aspire to obtain my Ph.D. in nursing research with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor. At Hope College, I am involved in Student Activities Committee (SAC), Student Blogging at Admissions, Ballet and Hip-Hop Club, Hope College Immersion Trips, and I am a nursing teaching assistant (TA)! I love God, my family, and friends. There's truly no place like Hope College; I call it my home away from home!

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