By Dana Zillgitt, Regular ContributorJuly 16, 2015
Over the weekend, I was sitting at one of my favourite coffee shops when I decided that the spot at the community table was a better fit. After all, I could sprawl out more and take up much more room than I could at the tiny two person table I was originally eyeing. And I think it was the best decision I could have made at barely 9AM on a Saturday morning, because it led me to a discussion I wouldn’t or couldn’t have had anywhere else.
It started out just as a discussion about mentoring, the power of words, and how much it can suck to be a teenage girl today. Then it led to business, investments, and learning about the venture capitalism game. She was originally there to help pitch a company with someone else to a potential client, and I was enthralled, to say the least.
Just because I chose a different seat at the coffee shop down the street, I got to learn about the comfortably uncomfortable and got a front row seat to how to pitch businesses. This was awesome.
Walking away from that coffee shop that morning got me thinking. What other small choices have I made that have led to something greater? To something larger than myself that I couldn’t have stumbled across without making that small decision? The power of our choices was all around me at that moment, and it was a weird feeling to think about all the paths my life could have taken if I had just chosen something slightly different.
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This could have been an all encompassing and terrifying revelation, but it was comforting. It was a small weight lifted off my shoulders, and it may have been highly caffeinated but it showed me a new light; a new sense of hope that this new city, this new life was all on the path I was meant to be on. And the best part? I was the one who chose it. It could be terrifying or it could be exciting. I’m deciding to go with the latter for now. Because after all, without hope, without all the fear, where would we be today? How would we appreciate each part of the journey?
That same woman and I got into a secondary discussion about how her journey led her to that moment in a coffee shop talking about investments and capital. And her response? Simple. It was faith, fate, and a whole lot of hard work along the way. She had moments where she was worried about decisions, about if they were wrong or right, and if the faith jump would be worth it. But now, she’s high ranked in a publicly traded company
It’s funny how coffee shops always bring me back to reality when I need it the most. But they also keep me dreaming, keep me hoping that this life is mine and mine alone. Fate is a funny thing, but I’m digging where it’s leading me so far.
What small choices have you made lately that have led to big realizations? Have you had any good coffee shop talks lately? Tell us below!
Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.