Man, I had a bad weekend. Not that anything really went wrong. I just felt really, really bad.
For no reason.
So, this morning, I decided I needed to figure something out to make myself feel better. First, I slept in really, really late.
Then I drank some coffee.
It was good. Very good. And it made me feel better, not just for an hour or two, but all day long.
Could this be what I’ve been missing all this time?
For the past few years or more, I’ve avoided caffeine. it makes me a little jittery, and I know its health effects are questionable. But recently, I read a book about writing and in it there was a sidebar–kind of a humor piece, I guess–about the benefits of caffeine to one’s productivity.
It made me think.
For a long time, I have wanted to be addicted to something. Binge eating, maybe. Or cigarettes. Unfortunately, all of the options I considered have too many negative side effects. And after a while, I’m not even sure if you get much of a high from it anymore, anyway–you’re just maintaining.
Anyway, I don’t have to tell you that. You’re human. You’ve probably figured it out.
But here’s a question for you: Is the same true of caffeine? Do you still get a caffeine buzz after years of abuse? Are there any other long-term problems with it (besides the withdrawl when you don’t get any)? Any tips you all have for responsible habit management?