How Coffee Changed My Life


Being hooked on a substance isn’t a good thing, and once I realized I had a daily habit of drinking coffee, I decided to break its hold over my life, and decided to give it a rest for a  week. But yea, the lure of the roasted bean was too powerful, and verily did my will collapse. I need my smack, dang it! Ain’t nuthin’ gon’ stand in the way of my habit.

Okay, that was unnecessarily dramatic. The reason I keep my coffee-drinking habit is because it’s a habit worth keeping. So instead of waxing poetic about how sobriety has changed my life so much that now sunflowers grow before my every footstep, I’m going tell you that I’m happy I relapsed.

It made me work harder. Whether it be staying focused at an office, working creatively, or motivating a dozen small children to move in a precise and coordinated manner, a little caffeine goes a long way in increasing productivity.

It made me wake up earlier. I am not naturally a morning person. I would never be up before nine if nature had its way. Now, not only do I have something to look forward to first thing in the morning, but I also have a little help in waking up (something that used to take hours).

It made me lose weight. A lot of us would do well to cut out the daily latte (or two, or three) for calories’ sake. For me, though, it helped me eat less excessively. A coffee break substitutes for a munchies break mentally, and provides just enough calories to get the stomach to shut up for a bit. Perfect for consuming less.

It made me more social. If it were up to me, I would stay inside and engage in my various pursuits without bother. Now that I can do so while going out, I have more of an excuse to socialize and be seen near other human beings.

It made me appreciate the finer things in life. Before I used to eat and drink crud, stay inside the house, and spend my entire time working on something or another. Now I actually leave and take some downtime to read, write, socialize, or just zone out.

What demonized habit do you have that’s secretly your best friend?

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.