How has my life improved since I quit drinking alcohol?
I’ll start by talking about three different areas of my life that have really changed since I quit drinking. My body, my mind, and the opportunities that have opened up for me since I stopped.
First of all, I can’t tell you how better I feel since I’ve stopped poisoning myself with alcohol. I really, really, really feel, so, so good. I don’t remember what I felt like before.
Sometimes I go through the process of asking myself what would I feel like if I’d never drank or I pursued say a sporting career, or done something like that, looked after my body. There’s really no point. All you’re doing is screwing around with your head. There’s a trillion different possibilities, more than a trillion. There’s no point in going back and saying what might have happened, or what could have happened, or what should have happened. It’s all about what’s happening now.
The fact is, I’ve lost so much weight. The arthritis I was suffering from has nearly gone. I feel so much better, you know, so much better, physically stronger!
My mind is just come about in leaps and bounds. You get an awareness about yourself, you get this feeling that you can do anything. And the reason is because beforehand, you were totally screwed with alcohol. Your mind pickled.
I did a video on this last week where I was talking about the default behavior is going back to alcohol. Whenever you’ve got any problems in your life, or you’ve joys in your life, anything you’ve go to do, your default behavior is to drink.
It does so much damage, but it does it over a period of time. It’s insidious. You don’t notice it creeping up on you until it’s too late. Well, not until it’s too late.
The hangovers were deadly. The longer you drink – the more you need. And if you drink pints, that means you start off drinking 3 or 4. And eventually you need to drink 20 pints to get the same buzz.
20 pints takes a lot of effort and a lot of time. A lot of stretching of the belly as well!
You end up, when you’re going out for a day’s drinking, you will spend the entire day doing it. And a lot of the night as well. Not only that, the time that you’re taking to recover starts getting longer and longer. Instead of the morning after the night before, it becomes the day after the night before. And then it becomes the two days after the night before. And, for God’s sake, sometimes I was taking three days… three days… to overcome one day of drinking. So that’s four days lost because I wanted to throw back 20 or 30 pints of poison into my system.
So you can imagine how it feels, when you’ve been doing that to your body for so long, and to all of a sudden stop! At the beginning, your body just thinks “What the fuck!”, “What’s going on here!”.
And it takes a while for it to adjust. That’s where you’re cravings are going to come from, all the symptoms, all the shakes, all this kind of crap. That’s where all that comes from.
Afterward, once those physical cravings start to disappear, your body starts to get used to not having the alcohol in the system anymore. Your brain starts to clear. After a month or two months, when you’re no longer thinking about alcohol all the time, you’re mind starts thinking about other things that it can be doing. What else can you achieve? If you’ve achieved this much, what else can you achieve in your life?
You’re mind starts this avalanche. It’s like a snowball effect, when you get one idea and you pursue it a little bit. I think that your brain is just that used to being in solitary confinement for so years that it feels liberated. And it is really liberating.
You’re not chained to that one thing any more, to that one response to everything.
You start thinking. Your brain starts thinking of stuff. The opportunities do happen.
For me, it’s doing these videos, it’s doing the website. I was doing websites before. But they were going nowhere. That was my work. And I just thought “I’m feeling so good about this now, I really want to try and help as many people as I can”. And it is starting to snowball. It’s starting to help people.
And the feelings that I’m getting out of that, not just because I’m helping other people, because I can see the effect of the damage that I was doing all those years. And you know I can really feel delighted that I caught it.
Never, Ever, Too Late
And regardless of whether you’re in your twenties, your forties, or even your seventies, there’s always room for stopping and seeing what life is like without alcohol. Pursuing it, looking at things in a positive frame of mind will bring you the opportunities to you.
So, that’s how my life has changed since I stopped drinking alcohol.
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Onwards and Upwards!