I love coffee. Anyone who knows me, knows that I would rather stick a fork in my eye then start the day without a cup of coffee. Perhaps I am a little bit addicted to this warm, caffeinated drink, but I love it. I adore the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, I actually like the taste of black coffee, and I love how a warm cup of coffee feels in my hands. It's comforting and helps the morning go just a little bit more smoothly.
This weekend, however, I sustained a second degree burn from a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. My arm literally blistered. I was shocked and hurt that something I love so much would hurt me so badly. I mean I have spilled plenty of coffee in my day. Once I even dropped a two-day old phone into a cup of coffee and it was still fine. Never has coffee hurt me like this.
Of course I wrote an email to Dunkin Donuts Customer Service. I was shocked when about 20 minutes later someone emailed me back. They then called me the next morning to express regret that it happened and to let me know that the incident was reported to the store owner. I'm fairly certain they will be monitoring how hot their coffee is when they are serving it from now on.
The point of this story is to let you know that even though sometimes it may feel like life is just one giant struggle, you have a voice to be heard. I'm not saying call customer service if you donut didn't have enough sprinkles on it, but if something really does need to be changed, use that voice! Apply for that job even though it says you need to have four years of experience, and then when they call you, use your voice and let them know why you would excel even without the experience required.
Maybe being an adult doesn't have to be hard all the time, I just need to remember how to use my voice.