I am currently sitting in Starbucks and I was so close to being a Gold member and suddenly my stars were nowhere to be found. After contacting customer service they informed me that with the update, they automatically moved me up to Gold status. I bring this up to say that I spend entirely too much money on coffee. Im willing to bet that if I saved up the money I spent on coffee these last four years, I would have a dollar amount in the thousands.
What does coffee have to do with writing? Well a whole lot! Like a lot of people, when I first tried coffee I didn’t like it because it was too strong and bitter and made my heart race, but as time went on I came to like it more and more. By the time I came to Michigan my freshman year, I felt like I needed coffee to stay alert and focused on my work. It had to accompany me at least once a day while I wrote my papers and studied for exams. I also felt that my burst of energy helped me think about creative ideas at a faster rate. Even right now I’m at Starbucks drinking an iced vanilla latte as I type.
I was always warned about getting addicted to coffee, although I don’t quite get headaches when I don’t have it for a day or two, I am starting to think I am psychologically addicted to it. Instead of drinking coffee when I’m tired, I drink it to feel productive. It is my drink of inspiration and drive. Without it, I don’t feel like I had a successful work session.
Thinking about the “Lifestyle” tab in my advice column, I think I am going to add a piece on coffee consumption and why it is important to pay attention to how much is consumed before it’s too late. I think it is too late in the game for me to give up coffee especially as I start a real job and have to wake up early, but maybe i’ll be able to save someone with the post.