Update: Decided yesterday would be last day drinking anything caffeinated.
It’s amazing how quickly the irritability sets in. It took about 24 hours for the headache to start, but the irritability happened fairly early this morning. Although that could also be in part to the fact that it’s Monday and I dealt with a TON of idiots at work today.
Headache aside, I am feeling pretty good. I’m still not 100% sure about this whole thing though. Who would willingly go through withdrawal (especially when the thing they’re addicted to is something as silly as caffeine), and especially when they already know the shitstorm of side effects this will bring? But, let’s be honest, no one likes feeling like they need something to survive the day.
One day down.
Inspired by a friend, I have decided to give up all things caffeinated - in my case, this means giving up refreshing, delicious soda.
This isn’t my first time doing this. I gave up soda a few years ago and it was hell on Earth. After two weeks of excruciatingly painful withdrawal symptoms - migraines, irritability, nausea, fatigue, cold sweat, etc. - I hit my stride. I didn’t crave it every second of the day. I remember at first I would literally sit and think “soda soda soda soda” every time my brain wasn’t busy doing other things. The headaches all but stopped and I was feeling great, like a fog had been lifted from my brain.
I promised myself that I would never go back and that, if I ever had kids, they would never have soda. After those withdrawal symptoms, I truly feel that soda should be categorized as a drug. Unfortunately, in spite of my newly-found enlightenment, I wound up relapsing, as many addicts do. Since that relapse, I haven’t looked back or even thought to try again. But if my friend can give up sugar and caffeine simultaneously while raising a toddler, I can surely give this another whirl…though I am dreading dealing with the withdrawal symptoms again.
Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.
None of us need one more person bashing or pointing out where we have failed or fallen short. Most of us are already well aware of the areas in which we are weak. What each of us does need is family, friends, employers, and brothers and sisters who support us, who have the patience to teach us, who believe in us, and who believe we’re trying to do the best we can, in spite of our weaknesses. What ever happened to giving each other the benefit of the doubt? What ever happened to hoping that another person would succeed or achieve? What ever happened to rooting for each other?"