Barista Life #1 – When Dream Job Finally Touches the Ground

I remember the day i graduated from University, my parents looked at me like I was a talented future lawyer. Well, life is always funny and, unexpected. I told them, what I gonna do is to be a barista. How disappointing it is. It took more than a year until now, they are still hoping that I would go back, wearing suits and high heels defending clients in courts. To be honest, I can imagine how glamorous it is. But, wait, I have never wanted my life that way. My dream is to be a barista.

The love of life

You may wonder why.

Well, I never know why. Like the person you love in your life, you never know why you love him/her. It’s just the calling of your soul, right? You just know that you are so completed to be around with that person. It’s the same thing between me and coffee. I did try to leave coffee and get away from barista jobs. I felt suffocated. I wasn't happy and i wasn't at all myself. There is no other thingson earth interested me as much as making coffee. When i understood this, i turned myself in.

When the dream job touches the earth

Now, I wouldn’t say working as a barista is my dream job because I’m already living with it. Like when you have married your dream girl, she is no more your dream. She is your wife and you have to deal with her in your whole life, no matter it’s up or down.

When your dream job became your career, there are tons of compromises you have to make. It’s some work and a real job in the end. You have to accept that you might have to do a lot of extra operational work for the coffee shop. You might have fussy customers. You might have trouble boss. You might have blue days. You might have so much more to care about.

Hang in there!

Don’t lose faith in it even though you are going on bad days and you started to feel lost. Remind yourself what is the most enjoyable thing in your job. I’m sure there must be some. Don't lie, not even a tiny bit ?

Well, every time when my customer finished the last sip of the latte, came to me and say, “ You know what, I love the coffee, it was excellent”. My heart melt. That’s the little fuel that recharge me day by day. And the reason that I push myself to do better.

I’m definitely not asking everyone to be barista but please ask yourself, when money doesn't matter, what you want to be ? What’s the one thing that interested you like nothing else on earth ? Stay close to your soul, don’t get distracted by stuffs happening over the days, it’s telling you, it is calling.

Vanessa Lee

Founder of Forbidden Project since 2016. A Law & Bus degree graduate who chose to go into the coffee world. Passionate, stubborn and rebellious to traditional concepts. Recently working as a barista trainer. Active competitor in various coffee events.

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