I have no wife or kids (or husband) and I quietly eat the vegan way, now past my 5th year. Also, I don’t drink booze anymore because it makes me stupid. Well, it makes most people stupid after a few too many. However, I feel as though I get extra stupid which is the reason why I had to turn to alcohol alternatives that are more creative when looking for a mood changer or social lubricant. In which case, I now focus on such things as superfoods and plant medicines (including indigenous medicines) that are made only in nature’s lab — bearing little-to-no blowback. You see, the number of plant and fungi species found on this planet is off the charts, and new discoveries are being made all the time. So it only makes sense to shop around for beans, pods, herbs, flowers, sap, oils, mushrooms, etc., as the effects and benefits they offer are as numerous as the species themselves.
Basically, I look at the risks versus the rewards these days on everything, including mind-altering substances. And alcohol, along with its other half, sugar, doesn’t make a good option on my list. I noticed that instead of expanding my consciousness, these substances dull my mind and age my skin. And they can have rather lethal consequences in both the short and long term range.
Besides, alcohol is a preservative and it does a really good job of preserving death — sucking the life out of people who make it through the short term. By now you can sense my gross distaste towards the stuff. Well… I can’t help it. Though, my protest is more so on a community level, not personal. Admittedly, there are those who know how to drink wisely or can stay balanced. However, in my experience there are too few of them by far.
I tried to go straight for so long, but unfortunately I live in a culture that loves its drinking, and listening to everyone ramble on with nonsense (friends, family, acquaintances & strangers) sent me absolutely nuts! Hence the ‘medicine’ required for a part indigenous person of New Zealand (although I was born & raised in Australia, which makes me an Aussie or a Maussie when adding the Maori part to it). So whenever I’m out and about or being a social butterfly, I live by two simple rules: It’s the ancient, cleaner stuff made in nature’s lab or no stuff at all which cuts out roughly 90% of the problems because there are no major refinements, conversions, synthetics or cartels involved. And I walk a fine line between therapeutic use and too much recreational use, so that I stay balanced.
Now, let me touch on my other food choices for a moment because I believe that what goes into the tank is super important for the way I act in life. For over five years now (as of 2021), I have seriously cut back on crap foods while eliminating animal foods as a source, which has hugely impacted my life in a good way. My cholesterol level is good, I think much clearer and I feel a lot lighter on my toes from eating more greens.
However, this lifestyle choice still came at a price that had little to do with making sacrifices to the taste-buds and more to do with external pressures within my sphere of influence. I said to myself at the beginning, “I won’t venture off and surround myself with the greenies only, because I still have work to do within the mainstream realm. I’ll be in the world but not completely of it.”
But, little did I know at the time that everyone would persistently try and sway me from my discipline, either directly or indirectly trying to fill my head and plate with the ‘everyday way’ (trying to slip me a bit of cheese, ham or chicken on the side), essentially denormalising the path I had chosen. This, too, sent me absolutely nuts, which I mainly internalised because I had a few other things going on in my mind. Therefore, I compounded so many different issues into one huge pickle. Though a lot of people have accepted my ways today and they often cheer me on (not that I want that either), which I am grateful for because they are important to me.
The next thing I feel the need to briefly tell you is that I’m not overly fussed about any expensive toys, packaging or labels, etc., in mainstream products and services. As the life force picked me up because of my nutritional boost, I realised that I don’t need all the hyped-up ideas and ideals tied into clothes and other consumables, especially when they leave a heavier footprint than needed or exploit too many people around the world. Quality to me also includes the greater sustainability of materials sourced, which is why I give value to those less mentioned alternative brands that have put the effort in, creating more wholesome products and services for the community. Well done for the cleaner supply chain, folks 👏.
Lastly, I keep myself semi-fit across a number of activities on the land and in the water. I’ve found Yoga, in particular, to be very rewarding as it works the entire body & mind. Although I’ve been involved in Yoga for over 5 years, there always seems to be another routine or variation of movements that help with something else within the body, which amazes me. It’s like there’s no end to what can be achieved. And the same can be said for crossfit and strength conditioning classes which I take at my local gym, led by an awesome crew. There always seems to be a muscle or a part of the body that could do with a bit more strength.
All up, my newer everyday choices and the lighter steps that I take all go towards a clear path in life, along with a few other unconventional Mindless related things that I like to keep to myself. I know it sounds average, and I have been called the Pinnacle of Discipline (which other people from another life would totally disagree with, including myself at times), but I really do enjoy it. There’s a whole new range of benefits that were never available before.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and getting through my little booze rant. I do hope my experiences help you, even if only in the slightest of ways. So how about trying something different one weekend? Go on… Ditch the booze and get down to your local supermarket for a legalised drug deal and nutritional boost.
And remember… Always live Mindlessly! (But in the good way.)