When I turned 21, I expected it to be life changing. Why? Because I was legally allowed to drink alcohol. I counted down the days until that fateful day. I was also scared because I didn’t know what to expect. And from the many conversations I had with my friends around that time, it was unpredictable. They would go on about what type of person they were when they were “drunk.”
“I’m loud when I drink. I yell…and i can’t control what I say.”
“I’m really friendly when I drink…I hug everyone…and everyone becomes my best friend.”
Who would I be? I consider myself pretty social already. So would I be more social? And I think I’m a pretty friendly guy…so would I be too friendly?
And I found out two things that night.
1. Alcohol makes me fall asleep. So, I’m not friendly or loud…or more social…just sleepy.
2. And, I don’t like alcohol.
I took my first beer and it was gross. There was no way to hide it. It tasted like licking a car tire. And that was just the first sip. So, how could I ever handle a whole bottle of a liquid that tasted like car tires?
But, I kept it to myself.
Outside I said:
“Dude, this tastes good….it’s real smooth.”
But inside I said:
“yeah…smooth if you like drinking hair spray.”
So, I looked around and saw people put lemon in their beers. Does that help? Nope, now it tasted like lemony car tire. That ended my journey through alcohol. But I tried over the years….a beer here…a beer there. And my opinion never changed. Alcohol tastes gross….and I can’t handle it. Was there something wrong with my taste buds? Everyone I know likes alcohol. Did I somehow damage my taste buds because of my history of sour gummy worm consumption? So, when people ask me if I want a drink I ask for…bubbles. Anything with bubbles. That is my go to drink….soda. I’ve been reading a lot about certain sodas and am slowly making the switch to all-natural stuff. I am older now so I need to make better choices with what my body consumes. I’ve noticed how my body reacts to certain things and it’s given me a wake-up call. Am I a full-on lover of Kale now? Not there yet…but it is not too far away. It makes me more conscious of what my little one eats and drinks too.