I love (unintentionally) eavesdropping when I work at coffee shops! Intentional or unintentional, maybe there's a blur line... But when seats are so close together, and when I'm working alone not immersing in any conversations, it's really hard to not hear what the conversation next table is about. Some people find hearing conversations at coffee shops quite bothersome, but I find it so inspiring!
And it is part of the reason why I love working at coffee shops. Which reminds me, if you happen to know any good coffee shops you like to work at in San Francisco, please share with us in the comments below! So far, my favorite one in the city is Mazarine Coffee. Really stylish interior decor and some really strong pour overs (and some wonderful breakfast/lunch/snacks) makes this newly opened coffee shop a really rare find. Oh, and fast wi-fi.
Anyways, back to the inspiring eavesdropping. I was just sitting at Mazarine Coffee the other day working for a brief 2 hours. Four conversations went on between the 2 tables to the right and left of me in those time frame. I heard this lady engineer/entrepreneur talking about wanting to mentor more at this women specific accelerator, and her friend a guy entrepreneur recommended another women specific co-work space somewhere.
I don't remember the details, because I was trying hard not to hear them. Aka. not to eavesdrop, because I think it's a bit creepy and odd. But just hearing bits and pieces, gives me so many ideas and inspirations of things outside of my daily routine and things I could do or explore next. The conversation to my right was on raising funds and being introduced in the VC world. The other two that sat down after them seemed to be b-school graduates sharing thoughts on their startup jobs post school. And by the last two people, I have really gotten used to not listening despite the sounds (to actually get some work done), but I think they simply talked about life and love.
All of these bits and pieces somehow reminded me of how beautiful life is. This city and this world. It seems odd, but working at coffee shops really pull me out of my self-absorbed project to-do-list and goal checklists, where I always forget there is this beautiful life besides checking off my boxes and getting to the next steps. Or, do you think I'm just too highly caffeinated?