I don’t drink. I haven’t categorically ruled it out. I just kinda don’t do it.
Firstly, I don’t put myself in situations where I’m pressured to do it and it’s the most socially accepted behaviour. Secondly, there’s not that many drinks I actually like.
It’s not some moral crusade. There wasn’t a moment where I decided not to. There wasn’t one sole thing that changed my mind about it. I just don’t.
Last week, I finished Anthony de Mello’s A Way to Love. Mello says that the only prerequisite for change is awareness. It’s not willpower or reward or punishment. It’s awareness.
Uncloud your perceptions. Rid yourself of your attachments. Eliminate the false narratives playing in your mind. See reality as it really is, not as you wish it was. Do that and you will see the impact of your actions.
But developing that awareness, accepting what you see and acting on it is hard.
Hard. But not impossible.