Afternoon coffee is a simple pleasure of my work day.
The smell. The taste. The little boost of energy to finish out the day.
But, afternoon coffee is a dangerous dance.
It’s a dance with your night’s sleep.
With coffee, there is line where you’ve had too much, too late in the day.
Then, you can’t sleep.
The problem is, you never know where that line is until you’re wide awake at 2 am realizing you drank too much coffee.
The line where we’ve pushed something too far is rarely clear. Typically, we don’t know where it is until we’re well on the other side.
The side we don’t want to be on.
Through experience, we begin to take smaller steps forward.
We ask more questions.
We gather more information.
We move a bit slower.
Generally, we become a bit more risk averse.
All trying to avoid blowing through that imaginary line without realizing we’re doing it.
While this might be safe, it’s not nearly as fun.
Sometimes we should just take a leap.
There is a certain thrill of standing at the coffee machine at 3:30 pm.
Will I sleep tonight?