I would like to take a moment to share with my friends and family a sad break up of a beautiful relationship.
This particular relationship was with a soul mate that has been with me since I arrived in China. You could say that he got me through some tough times. I mean, he offered me sweetness and comfort when I was new to this unfamiliar place. He went with me to school and shopping trips. He was even with me on several death defying cab rides. I can’t tell you what how much I depended upon him. We were partners in crime.
And his name is Andes Mocha.
Yes. I am talking about coffee from a café called Andes. My parents, Aunt, and Uncle will attest that this is some good coffee. I had a similar relationship with my Krups espresso maker in San Diego. Each day, Krups and I would share a smile as I prepared my mocha. It was beautiful thing. I still miss him.
Now, in an effort to stop the flow of money that leaves my pocket each day, I have been examining my spending choices. I’ve come to the conclusion that this particular activity isn’t pleasant, but like going to the dentist, it’s necessary for a healthy smile.
In my defense, I realized early on that dinners and drinks with friends here adds up. Quickly. So I have been good about budgeting and simply not spending my money that way. But then I calculated how much I shell out for coffee.
Do you know that feeling when you wish you had a time machine so you could go back and tell yourself something? Like the other day, I wish I could have gone back in time so I could give myself a hug for buying Peanut M&Ms for my lunch. Or go back to my early twenties and tell myself to start a Roth IRA. You know, little or big, a time machine would come in handy sometimes.
As for my coffee, I figured out a pretty good estimate and let’s just say; I could have funded my entire trip to Thailand on what I have spent on some milk, chocolate, and espresso. Thailand.
With that said, I am just glad that I figured it out now. This is not a proud moment, but I know now that when Andes Mocha wants to visit, I have to think of my next adventure and decide… is he worth it?
It’s not you; it’s me, Andes Mocha. Me and my wallet.