In aftermath of having my first drink after 23 years I have had a moment of realization. Is it possible that the concern for people drinking under the age of 21 is less about the health hazards and more about the physiological effects. In my experience, most people I knew began drinking at an early age as a social lubricant. And as years went by it became a part of the way they adapted in situations. It’s something I can totally understand because it really only takes one drink to start the cycle and it gets easier each time after.
Honestly I feel that if I had started drinking in high school or middle school I would have shut the door on true self discovery and self awareness in a time that was crucial for finding my identity.
Now I’m not saying it’s easy for everyone, I know I’m a bit unusual in the sense that I have always been fairly comfortable with myself. But I would like to think that the choices I have made greatly contributed to that. And now because I have waited so long I am still in the mentality of someone who doesn’t drink, which makes less important to me. It has also given me perspective on why others drink. And since I waited so long I never built up a taste for it , so everything I drink tastes like SHIT.
Self discovery has to do with the choices we make. And some choices call for more time then just some dude coming up to you and asking, ” Want a sip?”