the importance of that morning cup of coffee

“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.” — Virginia Woolf

*In the spirit of inclusion, please feel free to substitute coffee for tea, water, milk, smoothie, hard liquor, etc **

I find it incredibly difficult to wake up in the morning. I almost always sacrifice work/school prep time to sleep in. 5 more minutes makes a world of difference in my very sleepy opinion.

but whether I’m a morning person or not, I can’t deny that when I get up and have time to have a cup of coffee, it is exceedingly beneficial.

  • you can think about any dreams you may have had
  • you can think about how excited you are to sleep again later that night
  • you can think about how you hope the day will go
  • you can think about what you need to get done
  • you can think about what you’ve already done
  • you can think about how GOOD the coffee tastes, and how it seems to warm your soul as you drink it
  • you can think about absolutely nothing (this is très difficile for us over-thinkers)

You may be one of those CRAZY PEOPLE that can drink their hot beverage as soon as it’s poured into your cup (like what? don’t you care about burning off every nerve in your mouth? No? alright) But even if that’s the case, you’re going to take at least 5 min to finish that sucker. For the rest of us who can’t handle extreme temperatures, it takes at least 15 min.

The point is: whether it’s five or fifteen minutes, that is time you have to THINK. Whether those thoughts are dishearteningly adverse or wonderfully positive, taking this time in the morning is crucial. The rest of our days are far too busy and hectic to allow such a pure, uninterrupted period of time to go to waste.

The best part about this time in the morning? It gives you the chance to not only think but respond to such thoughts.

Brain filled with that negative shit? between sips of coffee you can think about why that is, and how you can try to change that today or tomorrow or next week

Are your thoughts eerily and joyous? between gulps of smoothie you can think of why that is, and how you can keep those babies going

Stressed out? make a simple plan to address it when taking that first, ouch-too-hot sip of tea

I say this all acknowledging that I miss this morning moment far too often, so this rant is more of a way to persuade myself to take my morning coffee far more seriously than I have been as of late.

Relish the flavour, revel in the warmth, and embrace the time that your morning cup of [insert preferred beverage here] provides.

— tori

PS. this is my first post ever. Not too sure what my goal is, but instead of writing an agonizing piece on “my intentions” and my “fear of writing publicly” and “vulnerability”, I thought I’d skip that part and just go straight to the rambling paragraphs about my disorganized and seemingly un-profound thoughts. thanks for reading