A Love Letter To Starbucks

A Love Letter To Starbucks

That mermaid is such a third wheel.

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My Dearest Starbucks,

You and I have been lovers for a good while now. You've been loyal from semester to semester, and I've stuck around through seasons of red cups and PSLs, too.

I'm smitten with the drinks you make me. It's almost as if I'm addicted to them... as if my day doesn't truly start until you give me one. You know when I'm in a hurry and hook me up with the quick dark roast, but you're also all too good at sensing when I've had a rough day and come rolling out with the venti vanilla latte. Every now and then, you get flirty and send an iced coffee my way, too.

I love the way you smell. I mean, you're so rich and earthy, some might even say dark and brooding. I breathe you in and I can't get enough of your recognizable scent.

You have a good taste in music. The songs you play me are just what I need. You know exactly what to play for the mood that I'm in. You know when I need to be calmed, when I need to be focused, when I need to be rejuvenated. I've found some of my favorite artists and songs because of you.

You've got the looks. You're aesthetic is on point. Everything from that perfect shade of green you always wear to your sleek walls, chocolatey floors, and gorgeous bar. You're cute and comfortable.

I love the way you make me feel. Whether catching up with friends or by myself, I always feel so at home with you. I am relaxed and at peace, alone and with others all at once.

You're really good at motivating me. When I need to do work, I can convince myself that with that drink you brought me, I now have the incentive to read that drab textbook. With your singing, I can make it through another problem set. With your support, I can do whatever the heck I need to. You help me succeed.

You've got some really funny stories. When work gets to be too much, sometimes I sit back and let your stories unfold. Some are about things similar to that blonde girl to my right who has a really pathetic boyfriend that she's contemplating dumping (and yes, Anna, if Kyle did forget your one-year-anniversary date night, then you should probably reevaluate your relationship). Some stories of the stories about bad decisions, more bad decisions, and a few more yet. Really, if I sit back long enough, I'm always amazed at what you come up with.

You really care about me. You make sure I'm energized and happy. If I'm ever feeling off, I come to you because I know that I can count on you.

The joy I get from being around you is so easy and free, and I truly can't imagine my life without you (although that mermaid is such a third wheel).

xoxo,

Your girl <3

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.
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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parent's house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your 7th-grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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I'm The Girl Who Finally Realized That Letting Someone Love You Takes Practice

The art of vulnerability.

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Love is such an abstract concept, it is a lot more than the happily ever afters.

Love is one of those things that cannot be explained (if it was easily understood and commonly defined, then I am guessing a lot of therapists would not have a job!) Every single person you meet is an experience and every relationship you have is different, containing a kaleidoscope of emotion, circumstance, and absolute random chance.

I have come to realize that love is not quantifiable.

Like how you cannot love someone "more" or "harder." Love is bigger than us, almost like a religious idea, like how you cannot see God, but you can see God through other people. Love works the exact same way. Love is not tangible, but it is visible through words and actions.

I can radiate love and sprinkle it on everything I do and every person I meet.

However, I do not accept love easily. This is not just a mere self-perception of my reactions to love, it is a reflection of the effect of unconditional love. I like to test the waters, making sure it is absolute. Like trying to see if unconditional love really means an unjudging, steadfast, and concrete love. Looking back, I have realized that I have self-sabotaged a handful of the most valuable relationships in my life. The lack of relationships do not affect me today, but in the moment, they were extremely important.

The most impactful example is during the two final years in high school.

I have always been extremely close to my parents, but throughout those years, I rebelled in every way possible. (I would like to think that when I am a parent, my kids will never get away with anything because I have already done everything before, but I have a feeling that is not going to be true...) I was kind of the daughter from your worst nightmares, the kind of girl that people make movies about. I would like to blame my prefrontal cortex for not developing quick enough, but deep down, I knew what I was doing.

Thankfully with bountiful forgiveness and unwavering patience, I have remade myself and my selfless parents are undoubtedly by my side, being my favorite and loudest cheerleaders. My other examples pertain to (ex)best friends and (ex)boyfriends. I seek comfort by always having one foot out the door.

I say that being "more vulnerable" is my New Year's resolution, just like everyone else who makes resolutions with hopes to magically wake up a changed person.

However, it is going to take work. Like a sports practice or daily homework, every day and every week, I need to learn to push myself out of my comfort zone and gradually create my interpretation of vulnerability to sprinkle into my world in art form. So here I am, putting pencil to paper (more like fingers to keys, but you get the point) and going to work.

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