doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing

from me:
apologies for cross-posting; this writing extract also went out earlier today to the Everything List, but I wanted to share it here as well.

If you’re a podcast subscriber you’ve maybe listened to yesterday’s audio about how we get and keep motivation. it’s really a good audio. it was recorded live with some members from the Everything list tuned in. The audio is about motivation, and it has changed my Monday entirely. Which means i’m feeling productive and am back to writing today (long may it last!).

EXTRACT FROM TODAY’S WRITING, section on ‘focus on what you get, not what you give up’:

Doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Doesn’t matter. If you were a vegetarian – or running a marathon, or studying to be a nurse – you wouldn’t need your husband or your best friend to do the same thing.

This is you the vegetarian:

You order lentils with a soft poached egg on top, while your friend has eggs and bacon bun. If she says “don’t you miss bacon” you smile sweetly and you say: “sometimes I miss bacon, but I like how I feel as a vegetarian.” You don’t need your husband or your best friend to join you. If you feel lonely or uninspired, then you take some time to read vegetarian cookbooks, listen to ‘bacon is bad for you’ podcasts, you find like-minded folks online, and you have a vegetarian coach who helps you find new inspiring recipes. [Please understand that this is only an example. I think that bacon is the world’s perfect food.] …


I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • I don’t miss bacon or any other meat. In fact the thought of eating it is repulsive to me now. I’ve been a vegetarian for decades. Maybe alcohol will come to seem repulsive to me too, after 30 years.

  • I also thought about sobriety in terms of vegetarian or vegan – it is a personal choice after all. I went to a party over the summer and my vegan neighbor was prostelizing to a couple that had Type 2 Diabetes – the hosts of the party were whispering in the kitchen about how they were going to shut her up – a bit surreal to say the least!