As many of you know, giving up coffee was one of my New Year’s resolutions. I made this decision because I felt it was a healthy thing to do and that, by cutting down on coffee and caffeine, I would be a better, stronger and healthier person.
I was wrong.
After a week without my coffee, I was simply crankier. I missed the ritual of making the coffee, smelling the coffee and getting the perfect amount of cream and sugar as much as I missed the caffeine.
Ok, that’s not entirely true; I missed the caffeine more. How much more? Here is a sequence of photos taken this morning from our security/productivity camera in the breakroom at Siuslaw News. After seeing these, I’ve decided to no longer deny myself the simple pleasure of having my coffee. If for no other reason than to keep this from happening again…
So yes, I am back to drinking coffee. Do I consider myself a failure for giving in to my
lust desire enjoyment of drinking coffee even though I know it isn’t entirely healthy for me? Of course not. It’s certainly healthier than the risk involved with swallowing dried coffee grounds.
The truth of the matter is, I love coffee and there are worse vices I could have other than a few cups each day. I’ve never smoked and am a responsible drinker, i.e., if someone has alcohol I’ll respond! Haha! Just kidding. But seriously, coffee brings me joy and has become an important part of my mornings and my writing process. Although supportive of my decision to give it up, many of you voiced your opinion that I should reconsider my resolution — and that I shouldn’t deny myself coffee if I enjoy it so much.
As my friend Ross Murray so eloquently put it: Are you nuts? Swear off coffee completely? Didn’t think about, I dunno, just cutting back? (Says the sugar addict…)
Or as Kevin at Kevin’s Blog of Worthless Advice suggested: Why would you want to give up coffee? Cut back to one cup a day and you’ll be fine. Or make that cup more exciting with various creamers that are extremely bad for you (but taste so good)…
Although I think Kim Ulmanis at Witty and Hilarious Tagline Pending said it best: You’re a writer. Drink the damn coffee. Writers do not do sissy drinks like postum or decaf tea…
I’d like to thank everyone for their comments and support. I appreciate you helping me wake up and smell the coffee.