Hey guys! I've just joined, but I'm feeling really inspired by all of your plans for teashops and whatnot. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about what I want to do with my life. Just as of a few days ago, I realized that I would probably be blissful owning a tiny little bakery or something in an obscure English town, and it really wouldn't matter if I made any money or not. It struck me that huge amounts of cash are really just consolation prizes for doing things that aren't really all that fulfilling - in my opinion, at least. Sure, there are "real" jobs that I would love to have - virology and linguistics. Odd, eh? But I think a really blissful existence is in a little shop somewhere. I've always been a bit old-fashioned. But I digress.
I plan on going to college [I'm 16 now, still in high school] and majoring in...something. Virology and linguistics would be awesome, but I'm thinking now maybe business and literature. Anyway. After that I may work for a little while and save up some money, then go off to some little town [the sort with lighthouses] and buy an old Victorian place. Well, it doesn't have to be old and Victorian, but that's the look I want. And none of that silly floral print. I want real, dark mahogany floors and bookshelves and charmingly dusty windows. The bookshelves will be filled with books, mostly antiques, which will all be for sale. My original plan was to open a bakery/bookshop, but I think I would much prefer a teashop with old books. And I'll probably bake cupcakes and scones and nothing else.
Just thinking about it makes me happy. I'm still a little doubtful, but I think that society [ahh societal angst etc] has sort of programmed me to think that if I'm not somehow involved in big business, making loads of money every year, I'm a failure. But it really is just about being happy, isn't it? I can see myself getting by on something like this, and being utterly blissful.
Anyway. Sorry for waxing on like that. What are your opinions on my tea-/book-/cupcake-shop idea? Any and all suggestions on its appearance, location, design, management, and products are invaluable. Thank you so much!