As we grow up, become adults, and then become older adults, many of our attitudes and opinions change. We gain more experience, and as we shine the light of that experience on our formerly held beliefs and values, we often find ourselves surprised and even embarassed by the thinking we used to subscribe to. This is a normal part of growing as a person.
Every once in awhile however, I've found myself doing or thinking something that would profoundly horrify a younger me. One such incident occured earlier this evening while I was working late at work. I'd like to share this with you in the hopes of maybe starting a discussion.
First, some background information:
I was working fairly late, as I often do. We have a small cafe type thing that has, among other items, various coffees and teas that people have donated/abandoned there.
I also drink a fair amount of coffee on many days, but today I had more that usual, enough to recognize that I probably shouldn't have another. As is often the case when one decides they shouldn't do something, I immediately wanted one more than all the gold in the universe. I didn't really need the caffeine, I was already fairly wired (largely why I figured it wasn't a good idea), I just wanted the taste of a nice hot cup of coffee.
Ultimately I decided to say to hell with my nervous system, and made my way to the cafe. It was there that I saw something I had long since dismissed, a concept I intrinsically hated from an early age, as though my basic genetics recognized it as evil. Written on one of the abandoned containers: "decaf".
Well, I imagine at least some of you can guess what happened next. Yup, I drank it. It was _instant_ and I drank it. No milk or sugar, just dehydrated decafinated grocery store brand instant coffee.
.. and.. it wasn't really that bad.
I'm not saying I'm gonna ditch my local roasted beans, fancy grinder, and french press. After some introspection however, I may consider decafinated coffee as an option in the future under similar circumstances.
Anyway, anyone have any thoughts or similar moments they'd like to share.