good clean living

Something that is pretty unique about me is that I don’t drink. At all. In fact, I’ve never had a sip of alcohol in my life. Growing up, I was asked often why I don’t drink – and I think it’s important for other young people to feel confident enough to make the same decision. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – and one of the qualities that I am most proud of.

1. it’s not healthy

I’m a chocolate girl. Not that chocolate is all that healthy (I LOVE the recent studies that show dark chocolate is in fact healthy though!), but it doesn’t cause car accidents, impact the chemical make-up of your brain, or impair your judgment. It’s all about substitution – and if there are other drinks that you enjoy, that are healthy, then it’s a simple substitution. Going to happy hour with clients? Try a hot chocolate. It’s my go-to. Going dancing with friends? Order an Arnold Palmer. It’s better for your body, and you won’t wake up the next day hurting (or doing something that you might regret).

2. stay in control

I’ve always been a bit of a control freak, and I like knowing that my future is 100% in my own hands. To act without fully understanding the consequences, due to an impairment of judgment, is one of the scariest things in the world to me. Your reputation is everything – and to act irresponsibly, unknowingly, could damage your reputation for life.

3. focus on the good stuff

What is “the good stuff?” I think it’s different to every person – but to me, it’s my family, my dogs, and my job. These are what make me truly happy – and I want to spend all of my free time either with those that I love or at a job that I love. There’s no room in my life for alcohol, and there would be no benefit in my life by the presence of alcohol. If anything, each of these aspects of my life – the MOST important things to me – would be harmed by drinking. Life is short – and flies by so quickly. I can’t imagine wasting my time on something that doesn’t enhance who I really am.

4. confidence comes from within

Growing up, when my peers would ask why I chose not to drink, I would ask them what their reasoning was FOR drinking. The general consensus was that alcohol is a social lubricant. It gives people a false sense of confidence that makes them act differently than they would normally (when they are thinking clearly). I used to care what others thought of me (and I still do when it comes to my reputation) – but I’ve slowly become more and more comfortable sharing my very nerdy, very quirky side with others. It’s who I am – and I’ve embraced it. Confidence in oneself is everything – and once you are confident in your quirks and embrace yourself, you will have no need for a social lubricant.

It’s not to say that I’m right in my views – and that those who enjoy alcohol are wrong. That is not my intention at all. It’s a decision that I am very proud of – and I can only hope that other young people who feel the same know they are not alone. Hooray for good clean living!

XO Star

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