Today's thought

Half-dreams

It’s helpful to take inventory of which dreams are actually things that you’ll put time, energy, and effort into accomplishing — and those that simply sound nice in theory. For me, one of the latter kinds of dreams is owning a coffee shop.

I’ve worked in coffee shops, I love making and drinking coffee, I’m obsessive about the craft, and I’d love to design the interior of a space for customers to enjoy… but will I ever do it, given the gargantuan amount of money, energy, and straight-up luck it requires to succeed? Probably not.

So, is it best to fully let go of half-dreams to make room for the ones you’ll actually chase after? Or is the mere presence of a lovely fantasy enough to merit the daydreaming? If it’s all in your head anyways, why try and “optimize” something that makes you happy to think about?

I don’t have an answer. But I am inclined to practice a certain kind of peace that allows you to appreciate something without entertaining the actions behind it. Life is vast and beautiful — you don’t need to assert personal ownership over it in order to deeply value the things that capture your affection.

It’s helpful to take inventory of which dreams are actually things that you’ll put time, energy, and effort into accomplishing — and those that simply sound nice in theory. For me, one of the latter kinds of dreams is owning a coffee shop.

I’ve worked in coffee shops, I love making and drinking coffee, I’m obsessive about the craft, and I’d love to design the interior of a space for customers to enjoy… but will I ever do it, given the gargantuan amount of money, energy, and straight-up luck it requires to succeed? Probably not.

So, is it best to fully let go of half-dreams to make room for the ones you’ll actually chase after? Or is the mere presence of a lovely fantasy enough to merit the daydreaming? If it’s all in your head anyways, why try and “optimize” something that makes you happy to think about?

I don’t have an answer. But I am inclined to practice a certain kind of peace that allows you to appreciate something without entertaining the actions behind it. Life is vast and beautiful — you don’t need to assert personal ownership over it in order to deeply value the things that capture your affection.

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