Coffee…if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might have caught on to the fact that I love coffee. Up until just a few weeks ago, my daily 10+ cups of coffee were always black as night – no cream or sugar for me, please, the darker the better!
Drinking black coffee made me feel tough- I loved the way it tasted, so why mess with a good thing?
But then something big happened. Soy milk happened.
It was a typical weekday night which literally consists of me sitting by my computer working on homework, lesson planning, or blogging. Thrilling, I know. Losing interest in whatever way-above-my-head research article I was reading, I decided to pour myself a cup of coffee in hopes of stimulating some brain activity. After taking my first sip, though, I was immediately disappointed to discover that it tasted…bad. Bad coffee? In my apartment? Never!
In a near panic, I started to rack my brain for ways to enhance my beloved drink. I didn’t have any sugar or dare I say the “c” word- creamer- on hand, but I did have soy milk. Pulling the soy milk out of the fridge, I set it on the counter and gave it a good stare down realizing it was my only hope for having a semi-decent cup of coffee.
“I’m sorry coffee, this should only hurt for a little while,” was the apology I mouthed to my coffee cup as I poured a few dribbles of soy milk into my favorite red mug. Staring at the now noticeably lighter liquid, I knew I had to taste it. Giving it a little stir, I took a smaller than average sip, and was shocked to discover that it tasted really good!
Amazed that I was drinking AND enjoying coffee with soy milk in it, I thought I would test this new concoction in the morning. Adding the same few dribbles to my red mug, I took a sip and still loved it. And actually I loved it just a bit more because the coffee was fresh and hot! Craziness!
And so…since I’ve been a big fan of making morals out of of my long winded stories lately…I thought I knew exactly what I wanted in a good cup of coffee. No bells and whistles, plain and simple, just coffee. But, when I stepped out of my comfort zone a little and tried something new, I discovered that I could love one of my absolute favorite things even more!
Life can be like drinking a cup of coffee. You might think you know exactly what you want – whether it’s a job, a relationship, or that cute house with the picket fence – and that’s okay. But sometimes life might throw you a wrench and your only option is ‘soy milk,’ so are you going to take the leap and try it or continue to sip on bad coffee? Happy Tuesday! 🙂