Any way this isn't about weather coffee or tea is better. It's about habits. When Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spice Latte (my absolute favorite coffee) this month, I knew I had to get one... for old times sake? So I went against all the bad thoughts about coffee that I had spent 8 months drilling into my brain and bought one. It was so deliciously empowering it made me temporarily happy (the way most addictive things make us). So I got another one the next day and the day after that and then I ordered a skinny vanilla latte (which used to be my go to Starbucks drink when it wasn't fall). If you're thinking I overdosed on coffee... you're right. I had barely eaten all week because coffee and stress does that to me and after only a week it was starting to take a toll on me, the way it had before. Sounds like a lot like a drug, doesn't it? It probably is.
Let's just say my coffee relapse lead me to a weekend of "detoxing". It made me wonder how many times we pave our own road to failure. We know certain things don't work for us but we do them either way hoping there will be a different outcome; only to end up with the same, unsatisfying result. So why do we do it? Because it's become our habit. We need to be strong enough to change our habits, especially the ones that might affect our health because it is the most valuable gift we have. This weekend of bed rest made me realize how lucky I am to be able to wake up healthy every day and do the things I want to do (no matter how tiring they can be sometimes). I think any habit that treats you wrong at some point, is a bad one. Every time you feel the need to go back to those bad habits you need to remind yourself how low it made you feel at some point. Like the RHCP song says, "I don't ever want to feel like I did that day". Classic.
No one loves a coffee shop more than me but there is no rule that I need to drink coffee to be there. Just because every one in there is drinking it, doesn't mean I have to. I think sometimes we fall into the pressure of doing what every one else around us is doing because we want to fit in or connect with them. We need to remember to stay true to ourselves by doing the things that make us feel good (even if it's not what makes someone else feel good, it your life, not theirs).
PS- not bashing on coffee lovers or trying to convince them out of their coffee love (I feel you).
Here's a twenty-song Coffehouse playlist I made inspired by Coffehouse on Sirius xm: