The Escape Artist got into trouble with Nice Guys last week…and this week I’ll probably be unintentionally irritating people who have a drink problem.
As an aside, if ever you find yourself overly irritated by a blog post, its worth asking yourself why you are so over-invested in it. Clearly the article has touched a raw spot. But why?
The human brain has an amazing capability to bury our deeper issues and insecurities like a long forgotten corpse under the patio. But denial only works for so long and we then tend to lose our shit when someone pokes our weak spot…even if its unintentional.
Today marks the start of Dry February where I’ve undertaken not to drink alcohol for one whole month. I’ve chosen February for obvious reasons. All I can say is thank God its not a leap year.
How does alcohol relate to financial independence? Well, you can burn a small fortune on alcohol over the years. Thanks to taxation and high costs of the delivery mechanism, alcohol in pubs is ridiculously expensive. And in restaurants its even worse. If you buy a £20 bottle of wine in a restaurant you will be getting something that you could have got for say £5 in a supermarket.
And then there are the second order effects: the taxis, the kebabs and the unwanted pregnancies….the costs can really add up. And then there are the effects on your health and vitality. Drinking makes us fatter….and people that are over-weight get promoted less and get dead more. This is an example of The Aggregation of Marginal Gains.
Pursuing financial independence requires overcoming the conditioning of advertising and marketing. In the early stages, that can feel hard. For the untrained, going 36 hours without spending feels a bit like going without eating.