I would like to take a moment to encourage you- never take your surroundings for granted. Or if you do, by all means stop being such subjective, tight asses and open your eyes to the good that is around you.
Why you may ask? The answer is both simple and complex, fraught with a thick layer of gooey emotion that I refuse to dive into fully (it gets messy, who needs that?) for the time being.
The other morning while sitting at Handsome Coffee I realized something, something I already knew, but suddenly became painfully aware of. Drew and I no longer have a community. We have friends, we have acquaintances, but we don’t have that group of people who surround us, support us, and are readily available to us. The hefty majority of those people now live 2,000 miles away.
As I looked around the room and out through the large windows, I saw throngs of friends and loved ones gathered. Coming together to share in a light bite and strong cup of espresso. Friends sat with each other on the curb, laughing, basking in the sun as they ate and drank.
For a while now I felt that we could get away with not having that…we could fake it somehow… one of the reasons we come to Handsome is that we now know nearly all the baristas and chat with them as they pump patrons full of smooth, luxurious caffeine. It makes us feel as if we belong somewhere.
Please know I am not writing this from a place of sadness or to gain pity. It was simply an observation, a “coming to”, if you will… the realization that perhaps we need people more than we think we do.
So I ask you, where does one begin?