My Sandwich Shop Plan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

August 7, 2010
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I have a plan for my future. Whether it's feasible, whether it will ever happens, I don't really care. What matters is I have a plan: I want to own a sandwich shop.

Specifically, I want to own a sandwich shop with an apartment above that I can live in, in some really unique and interesting part of the country. I want to spend my days running the sandwich shop, and my nights writing whatever comes to my imagination. I want to make really interesting sandwiches, like crispy haddock on garlic bread with coleslaw and weird stuff like that. I want to have free Wi-Fi in my sandwich shop, play awesome music all the time, and spend my breaks talking to customers getting to know them.

My sandwich shop would become a hub for artists and other interesting people. I want to spend nights writing stories about the people I meet, writing poetry about the world around me, and working on some amazing screenplay I'll eventually sell to Hollywood donating the money to charity. I want to give the bread I don't sell each day to the local shelter, and I want to eventually open a little bookshop right next door. Maybe the bookshop won't make money, but I'll keep it open anyway, just for the love it. The important part is that I control my future.

See, I'm a practical guy. I know I probably won't be able to make it in the real world just being a writer, but I'm a hopeless idealist, and I'll never be able to give up my dream, my passion, for that reason. I can't live my mother's life, working in an office all day, being chummy with rich people so they'll make donations, and answering e-mails in a cubicle that may as well be a cell. I love and respect her for what she does, but being a cubicle drone would kill me just as sure as any bullet. It would crush my spirit, and what am I without that?

Likewise, I can't be like my dad, writing, other people's books to make ends meet. I love and respect him for what he does, too, but that kind of writing might as well not be writing at all, in my opinion.

The reason I write is to share my soul; I can't do that with other people's words. I need to have control over my destiny and write for myself, speaking for no one else. My life and destiny are all I have. Why would I give them over to someone else's plan?

So I want to run a sandwich shop. It may be an impossible dream, something totally unfeasible in the real world; I'll be the first to admit I know absolutely nothing about the real world or how it works. I've lived my life in what is arguably the most sheltered place on earth, but all I want to do now is escape.

I may end up giving up my dream, compromising myself to put bread on the table, but I hope and pray I won't. Right now I have my whole life ahead of me, and I know what I want to do. I have a dream. I want to own a sandwich shop.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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samasparagus This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm
You're writing style is so great, it flows really well :)
Hazel-daisy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm
I love this piece and I can completely relate. I could never be like my parents working 9-5 in an office. I have my own dreams along the line of yours. Work during the day write at night. I admire your ability to say what you want to be; I know that sounds strange but I find it hard to tell people what I want to be! Nobody evens knows I write...anyway amazing work!!! :D 5/5!!
xLauren This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm
I want you to know that I abosolutely adore this piece. I'm really not sure why. I have a copy of this issue of the magazine because I was published in it, and I read your article, and it was, and is, stunning in every way. What a beautiful dream, and a beautiful reason for it. It sounds like a wonderful place and a wonderful way of life. If it ever happens, I'd be sure to visit that eccentric sandwich shop and purchase a few books from the quaint little book store next door. Fantastic writing, ... (more »)
.Boo. said...
Apr. 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm
i know what you mean! i have a similar dream:)
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