The first time that I drank coffee was when I was an eleven-year-old boy. It was a sip of a Starbucks Americano blend that my mother was drinking. I probably said that wrong which shows how much I know about coffee.
My distaste for coffee kept me away from it for years. I hated the taste, and didn’t see the benefit of bearing with it for a quick pep. If I needed something to boost my energy, I’d just have a Monster or do some pushups.
Today (July 20th, 2016, Beijing Time) was just one of those days where I found my energy level at rock bottom. I hit the gym twice yesterday, once before work and once after, and still managed to see a movie with my girlfriend. By the time we got home, it was almost midnight.
Aside from working out twice, this is a typical day for me given my schedule working at an English training center. (As a side note, these hours are one reason why I do not advocate teaching at such an institution). The problem, if it can be called that, is that I had to wake up early to teach a demo lesson to a private student.
This is just what I wanted. The thrill of seeking my own students. The glory of getting paid what I am worth instead of a set salary. The satisfaction of knowing that I am forging my own way.
Today, this came with the price of being extremely tired.
I needed a pick-me-up after my private class to get through the grueling nine hours at my training center job. That is when I decided to bite the bullet and get a cup of coffee.
I have been reading Scott Adams’ How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, and the author mentions the benefits of drinking coffee. To top this off, several other bloggers in the personal development niche speak on the benefits of coffee. Despite reading all of this information, I still had my doubts until today.
I didn’t get a plain coffee. I got the “bitch drink” of coffees, a vanilla latte, to bear with the taste. Almost immediately, I felt my energy rise to levels where I wanted to swing from vines like Tarzan.
Maybe it was the caffeine rush. Maybe it was the elation of life going well. Perhaps it was a combination of factors. I can guess that the coffee was a major contributor.
I am still not sold on drinking coffee as a regular habit, but I will certainly consider it if I need a quick boost of energy. Coffee has worked better than tea, energy drinks, or pre-workouts, at least for me.
There is no need to let fatigue completely destroy our dreams or prevent us from being productive. While I do not intend to be a regular coffee drinker, it is good to know that I have an ace in the hole in case I need a fast boost. Does coffee have the same effect on you? Leave a comment and let me know!
By the way, I hear good things about Red Coffee. I haven’t tried it yet, but if you are a coffee drinker that just doesn’t get the same kicks from your regular cuppa, it might be worth giving a try.
Until next time,
“Admiral” Denzel Bryant
Oh, one more thing. If you like reading about first times, then you might want to check this article out.