What is it about coffee shops that pulls us in?
It’s not the hand-crafted coffees, although that is always a perk. It can’t be the playlist or the cute café tables with a single flower and sunshine shining down on them.
There’s got to be something more.
In a coffee shop, there are so many unique encounters. It’s where friends meet when they haven’t seen each other in a while, or where businessmen go for a change of scenery. People meet to talk about God, or to finally read a book they’ve been dying to get their nose in. There’s even a place for me, a young, aspiring writer who enjoys avocado toast with goat cheese and bruschetta every morning.
There’s a comforting solitude in coffee shops. No one knows your name, and you don’t know theirs but that’s the allure of it. You get to decide who you are. So much freedom is given in the few moments you spend in such a common place. I think we spend too much time trying to share every moment of our lives on social media, that we forget how refreshing it is to just check our for a while and enjoy our own company.
One of the most beautiful feelings I have encountered is when I’m having breakfast alone at a café table. There’s no forced conversation, no small talk. Just me and my thoughts. I think it can be compared to the feeling you have when you’re alone in nature except instead of questioning our existence you question who you want to be and what you want out of life. Every person around you suddenly becomes someone who inspires you, and you’re ready to take on the world.
This feeling goes away, of course, as soon as you shut your car door and you’re snapped back to your reality, whatever it might be.
But you’ll be back, tomorrow, to get your fix again.
Maybe this doesn’t resonate with you, but maybe it does. If it does, I challenge you to carry that boldness beyond the doors of the café. If it doesn’t, I challenge you to find this feeling and don’t stop until you do.
My inspiration this morning:
Tap your foot and listen in
Ignore the world, let the music cave in
Close your phone and breathe in the air
You’ll soon realize that there’s something that is
So much more than this