After about 9 months at my current company, I’ve decided to embark on a self-discovery trip to SoCal. Of course, this trip is not meant to get completely lost in fantasy, like other trips such as “Coachella” or “EDM.” Nonetheless, I still enjoyed myself, especially my road to self-discoveries. On a side-note, subconsciously, I wasn’t brave enough to venture too far out of my comfort zone. I think with proper planning and courage, my next trip is to venture into the unknown. Sorry, I meant Thailand, East Europe, or other countries with distinct cultures other than capitalism. I did realized from this trip that life is too short. There is no right or wrong answers anymore. It’s critical that you carve out your own path, despite what others, even the closest tell you otherwise.
A quick review of my trip, or observations.
I’m a lover of coffee. I think I am this way because my environment predisposed me. SF has a great coffee culture; Blue Bottle, Coffee Bar, Peets, SightGlass, and etc all have great coffees. Once you enjoy a great cup of coffee, the shit from Starbucks exists only to satisfy your caffeine addiction. Oh, addiction is another topic. Seriously, SoCal doesn’t have a good coffee culture. Coffee is just OK, nothing to brag about. I stayed at Newport Beach, and the closest “hip” coffee was 30 miles away. I was not down to trek that far in LA traffic. Traffic can just suck my ****. However, I did venture into a coffee shop called Alta Coffee. Oh man- their iced coffee brew is better than Blue Bottles’. It was absolutely the best I’ve ever had. The coffee is clean and crisp, it was lightly flavored with a spice, which I couldn’t quite figure out. But the coffee was delicious. The place doesn’t look that glamorous from the outside, actually it was very old-school looking, almost brought you back to the wild wild west. If you go to Newport beach, be sure to check out this place and get their iced brew. You will not complain, but filled with nothing short of happiness.
I love philosophy, and I love to use my augmentative side to explain why SoCal simply does not have a great coffee culture. Well, you asked, and let me explain:
1) Based on my brief 3 days there, people there are generally more laid back. It is close to the beach and always sunny. People there do not glorify busyness. An environment so close to the beach and nature is counter-intuitive to manmade busyness. Fundamentally, a human needs 3 essential things: shelter, food, and love. This combination makes for a happy life. The Silicon valley glorifies busyness. The busy-er, you are, the perception of being more successful is projected outwards. How do you maintain the constant “go-go-go?” You drink coffee!! And how do we get good coffee? Money!! More money you pour into a consumer good like coffee, the better the outcome is for that particular product. Coffee has evolved to be a craft good and coincidentally, it’s found a market for its price. The tech world is fueling the craftsmanship of coffee, as well as rent. Well, I won’t get off topic, but yes, rent is getting too damn high. I have a good paying job, but I still live paycheck to paycheck… WTF is this? Will I only be able to save if I move back home?
Ok. My conclusion to support my title is the fact that, venture out if you can. It takes baby steps, but take the first step to happiness and greatness. Life is too short to fall for anything other than your own greatness. Whatever greatness you decide to take, I wish you the best luck.