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What is your vice? Be honest, we all have a vice. Not all vices are illegal, threaten to shorten our life span’s, or increase our probability of serving jail time. My vice is caffeine, it is the one thing that I cannot go a day without consuming. As soon as I get out of bed in the morning, my quest for a hot cup of caffeine begins. My preferred method of ingesting caffeine is in the form of espresso, but in a pinch I will drink regular coffee to ease my caffeine craving. From the little about caffeine that I have shared this far, it may appear that I have only a dysfunctional relationship with caffeine, but there is more to my relationship with caffeine than merely an “itch” that needs to be scratched. Caffeine is sometimes the catalyst that motivates me to shoot off an e-mail, text, or tweet to someone I haven’t seen in ages, marrying my love for caffeine with my desire to reconnect with a friend. Without fail, the meet- up for coffee generally elicits a positive response, second only to the meet up for drinks.
Sitting next to or across from a friend who is enjoying caffeine along with me is akin to the times as a kid when I’d meet with a friend or two to enjoy an ice cream cone in the summer. Although I have drastically reduced my intake of the milky and sugary sweetness that is ice cream, as an adult, the anticipation of meeting up for a rich and robust cup of espresso parallels the thrill the ice cream meet- up once held in my life. Yet, the most exciting aspect of these meet- up’s were not the ice cream or the espresso but rather the chance to slow down and connect with beloved friends. Recently, I had the opportunity to reconnect with someone over caffeine. Connecting over caffeine is something this person and I did all the time when we worked together. One of the things that I knew I would miss desperately when she left work to start law school was our mid- afternoon caffeine jaunts. The aroma of coffee beans brewing and milk steaming was the back- drop to many a laugh, a gripe, and sometimes a tear. Whatever our particular mood was when we met- up for caffeine, by the end of our meeting, our spirits were lifted by the conversation and our batteries re-charged by the caffeine.

Assuming your vice isn’t something that would net you a prison term or a trip to the emergency room, I’d encourage you to find ways to incorporate your vice into your life in a way that includes time spent with friends and/or family. Personally, I can say that some of the best times I have spent with friends has been over caffeine, with caffeine ultimately taking a backseat to the love, laughter, tears, and joy shared with friends.


About musingsnyc

I'm a self-professed iOS app addict who loves reading, writing, surfing the Internet and my hometown, New York City. In 2000, I graduated from the City University of New York, Hunter College, with a degree in English (writing concentration) and Political Science. In August 2009, I received an online MBA degree with a specialization in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. For the past 8 years, I've worked as a Paralegal in the Immigration Law Unit of one of the largest not for profit law firms in New York City. Prior to my work as a Paralegal, I worked as a Traffic Coordinator and Assistant Account Executive in a New York City based Hispanic advertising agency. Throughout all of my different work and school experiences the one constant has been my love of writing. As long as I can remember, I have been jotting words down in notebooks, pieces of scrap paper, and just about any surface where ink would not dissolve. I have always been eager to share my thoughts and opinions about what is going on in the world and my personal life via writing. It would be a dream come true if I could channel my love and passion for writing into a full-time or freelance opportunity. My goal is to share my thoughts, opinions, life experiences in a thought- provoking and entertaining way with all that drop by. I love interacting with people and thus would love and greatly appreciate all feedback via the comments section of this blog.

4 responses »

  1. "I'd encourage you to find ways to incorporate your vice into your life in a way that includes time spent with friends and/or family." Sylvia, this is sooo well put.

  2. Ah, I really liked this one. Something about the way you described your old ice-cream obsession to your more adult caffeine one is really pleasing. You're a lovely, engaging writer and I'll enjoy reading the rest of these.

  3. This is such a nice thing to say Osina, thank you!! I hope you enjoy the rest of my posts 🙂


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