I picked this image for several reasons: It features some of the Outlaw Country singer/songwriters I adore. Plus, each fought major battles with the bottle (and other drugs). Both Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, though they were clean and sober in later years, suffered terrible ill health at the end of their lives because of substance abuse. Kris Kristofferson, also long sober and now eighty-two, seems to be in flying form. Willie? Could I call him clean and sober?? But here he is at eighty-five touring, seemingly healthy – and happy as can be. Luck of the draw I guess.
Another reason -> The road goes on forever
Yesterday I pondered the thought that not drinking is a daily decision.
It is a road I’ve chosen to take.
It is a road that goes on forever.
Every day I will need to make the same good choices.
It’s not only drinking, it’s a daily commitment to make myself the best version of me I can be so I can enjoy my Third Age in the best mental and physical health possible. No point getting old if you feel sick and have awful addiction-related illnesses.
Here’s what I will try to choose every single day.
- Not drink
- Eat healthy food
- Think powerfully positive thoughts
- Take care of my brain (trying my hand at Sudoku at the minute)
- Pick mindfulness over anxious, scared mindlessness
- Avoid toxic people (I know, it’s not easy when it involves family or work; I’m talking about a choice of life partner.)
- Choose to exercise regularly at least 30- 40 minutes – either cardio or weights.
- Stay flexible (in mind, body and attitude)
- Walk 10,000 steps a day
- Choose to extend myself out into the world and enjoy a social life
Ambitious I know. But I’m up for the challenge! Bring it on!