At midnight on December 31, 2011, I am drinking a large mug of coffee, specifically Starbucks Via that Alex so thoughtfully got me as one of my Hanukkah presents. Five more days!
Looking back at my (so far) 360 days sans-coffee, I have reached several conclusions.
Now, according to Wikipedia, this year I have been barring myself from a substance that may:
- reduce risk of Alzheimer's Disease and dementia
- reduce risk of gallstone disease
- reduce risk of Parkinson's Disease
- improve cognitive performance
- act as a painkiller (against migranes/headaches)
- reduce risk of diabetes
- protect the liver from cirrhosis
- reduce oral cancers
- reduce mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
- have antioxidant properties
(...but then, right under all these, Wikipedia also lists the detrimental effects of coffee. Hmm.)
|spanakopita and filtered coffee from the foot of the Acropolis; Athens, 2010|
First, I am really proud of myself. I've never been able to exert self control like this before. It's been a struggle. I'm usually terrible at keeping new year's resolutions, but HEY, WORLD! I DID IT THIS TIME!!
Second, I really take things for granted. Since my semester in London, I've been keeping track of all my spendings (I would make a good accountant too, right Alex?) and one of my reasons to quit coffee was to stop losing $2-$5 out of my pocket for a daily coffee habit. I used to think I had loads of money in the world to spend on whatever I wanted, but having to earn my money and account for every single penny helps me appreciate everything a little more, I think.
Third, coffee is a very pervasive part of our culture. It's been awkward having to tell people why I can't grab a cup of coffee with them or why I'm drinking copious amounts of tea or why I am likely to fall asleep during an early class or day at work. Imagine a college undergraduate going without coffee for not one, but two semesters! Finals week! A senior thesis (the first half of it, this semester, at least)! A full time job over the summer! All coffee-less.
In this last week of 2011, it's about time to make my resolutions for 2012. I'd better choose carefully!