It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I feel like shit. I felt exactly the same yesterday morning. It’s all too familiar.
I don’t have a drink problem but I do have a problem with drink.
And it has got to stop.
I tried doing something about it a few months ago, and wrote about it here. It was a short-lived attempt and I’ve slipped back into my old ways, as I always do.
I enjoy drinking and could never imagine living my life without. But unless I develop some self-control, it has so many negative side effects that it just can’t go on. I simply don’t seem to know when enough is enough.
The first drink is always the best. When you’ve had a busy day and you look forward to that first sip of cold beer straight from the fridge. You can’t beat it! But the second one is pretty good too, so I have another.
That is really where it should stop if I’m being honest. In fact, when I talk to my wife about cutting back on alcohol – it’s the magic number we often agree should be the limit. Just 2 drinks. Any drinks – even doubles – just 2 drinks. But it never happens.
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Around a month ago, I decided to give up on news. Much of my day was wasted consuming news. During the working day, I would follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter and constantly click on my BBC News browser bookmark.
I would pride myself on being bang up to date on major events occurring in the world – often before others around me knew anything of them.
After work I would often make a point of turning over to the news at 18:00 (when I typically eat my dinner). Sometimes even the 22:00 news too – habits (I am quite sure) that have been subconsciously passed on from both my parents and grandparents.
But Mrs FmC has always been the complete opposite. She avoids the news and has no interest in watching it. I can now understand why.
Let’s face it – there is rarely any good news. Most of it is negative and depressing. From Brexit scaremongering to terrorist related atrocities, the typical news is doing us no favours.
The other thing I realised is that none of this news is relevant to me as an individual. I am not missing out as a result of not knowing. I feel relieved.
I did worry at first of appearing ignorant to others due to this change in habit. But then I remembered from Brené Brown’s excellent book Braving the Wilderness (which I just finished) that it’s OK to stand alone. I am an individual and proud of who I am.
So although I am still subject to news bulletins on the radio and various other sources – I am very happy with my choice to cut down on exposure to news. It has definitely made me feel happier.