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MY EASY WAY To Stop Drinking: Nothing To Be Proud Of

— Rather, It's About Time...

This occured to me as I was making my list of what to cover in Todoist, a fantastic new app I'm using to keep track of almost literally everything. More on that later.

So this was a rather hefty milestone...to make it 3 months with zero booze, not even a whiff or sniff. And as I have emphasized over and over: it has been effortlessly easy and I mean Effortlessly. Easy. I shit you not and my cachet here over many years is that I don't fucking lie to you.

Read the damn testimonials, some by folks who've been readers for over 10 years.

This affirmation I make is not the typical hyperbolic, lying bullshit that's 99% of marketing on the internet these days. I don't blame you for being skeptical...jaded, even. I really get head-shaking fucking tired of it myself and even more, that it apparently still works, why so many marketers operate like that.

Can nobody just do a straight-up, take-it-or-leave-it, no-hard-feelings offer and deal, anymore?

So, Ok...

The more I contemplated and considered how I would present this 3 months in the can—both here in writing and in the video below—I became increasingly uncomfortable with being in any way proud, triumphant, exemplary, et al.

Instead, I had feelings of thankfulness that I'd apparently stumbled into a "method" of my own dumb-luck design...only to gain awareness of it in retrospect.

Perhaps that's why the location to do the video popped into my head and I immediately knew that yes, that's the only place to do it. Then as icing, I got cooperative weather (though I got soaked and chilled to the bone on the drive back).

No, this isn't about any virtue-signaling religious or spiritual experience as I explain in the video. Rather, it's simply a place that symbolizes socially-shared values so deep and ingrained that appreciation for the fortune of having them rather than not transcends many differences between us.

The List of Topics

  • Set yourself up right
  • Get calmer and cool
  • Dump go-nowhere shit
  • Started cooking again, a LOT
  • Organizing out the ass - Todoist
  • Nothing to be proud of

...OK, if you're a regular here or at least pop in from time-to-time, you know the drill. The real meat that follows is for the paying peeps.

Perhaps it's frustrating or annoying to be foiled once again, especially if this particular post is one of the ones you'd like to read. You do know how to solve that, to have unfettered access going forward, so there's no need for me to explain it. I get the reluctance. There's a lot of options out there and only you can judge the value to you.

What I will say is that over these last 3 months my attention has intensified and my vision is clear. I'm pretty confident in saying there can't possibly be very many 1-man-shows in the world who put out the varied content so voluminously, consistently, and for such a long track record, as I do and I have. I've always operated on the notion that any given reader is going to love some, hate some, not care one way or the other about some.

So, the modus operandi for me is to put out enough variety in enough styles—from reverent to censurious to vulgar—that everyone has enough here to love...and those who hate or are indifferent to everything have no business here anyway.

It's up to you, of course.


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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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