Working in the coffee industry has been enlightening in the fact that I get to meet and interact with many different kinds of individuals.
It's also taught me something about life that I'm not sure I would have otherwise ever learned.
Since being a barista for over a year, one huge part of my job that I've come to realize is that a barista is almost like a therapist. We serve so many different people throughout a shift and by the end of the day, we have had so many stories told to us, so many hugs given, sometimes tears shed.
We're entrusted with narratives of car accidents, weddings, funerals, pets.
We meet the businessman needing a strong cup of coffee to start his day at the office. Or the mom running errands before picking up her kids from school. Or the traveler, who is road tripping to this or that state. Or the high schooler who just attended their best friend's funeral.
The reoccurring theme I see in the faces, the smiles, and the stories can be summed up in one word:
s u r v i v a l
We're all attempting to live this life, to get through it one day at a time. We're all trying to survive.
And we all do it differently.
For example, I'm sitting here in bed, wearing an XXL men's hoodie, eating pizza, drinking pink moscato, and unwinding after a seven and a half hour work day and not getting home till 1am. That's how I'm choosing to live my tonight. That's how I'm deciding to survive.
And no, I didn't get everything accomplished today that I wish I had today. And I may not finish my "to do" list tomorrow. But you know what? I'm going to try. The sun will rise and I will try again.
And keeping trying.
And keep surviving.
And damn it, I hope you do too.
I hope you wake up tomorrow morning, eager for another day on this beautiful earth. I hope you choose to make it even more beautiful. I hope you stop and notice a little detail amidst your busyness and smile because you know God chose to do add a spark to your day.
And I hope you keep trying, keep surviving.
This is a shoutout to you.
There's never going to be enough time to do everything you want to do, but at least try, okay?
Try to make time for yourself. Reward yourself for getting things done, for getting through the day without snapping. Because that's a huge accomplishment in and of itself.
Keep up the good work. You're doing great.