Shelmith, 26 – Java Gigiri
Some people will come and say they want a cappuccino and they will stand there scrolling through heir phones, brows creased, not looking up to the world. Some people will say, “double latte” and they will stand there and watch you make their beverage. So they will be offered a double barista. The steaming and frothing and pouring.
Unbeknownst to them they will be watching your dream since the days growing up in Thika to parents who were farmers. They don’t know that the first time you ever learnt about coffee it was on TV. That when you saw people drink coffee you knew you wanted to make coffee even before the smell lured you in.
They don’t know that even though you love what you do now your first love was to be a digital marketer but there is a great distinction between a dream and a first love. You can dream of your first love but also your first love will always know about your dreams.
One day you want to open a small coffee house, a grab and go. A small quaint place with few cool staff in canvas shoes, a place where during cold days people gather in to pick their coffees and linger for brief warm conversations.
But all that is in the future. Now you are doing your time. You are having fun, fun being watched pursuing your dream.