As one becomes older, it’s important to have a strategy for your debauchery. We’re not in our twenties anymore. The body doesn’t bounce back as readily, and no one wants to spend a week recovering from one evening out. To maximize the good times, spend some time planning.
Rotate your vices.
Example: After New Years, through the crappy winter months, clear out your system. Maybe exercised, or at the least, cut back on things. Eat sensibly. Drink less (or no) alcohol. Get to know what your body feels like without any stimulants or depressants. It’ll suck. But you’ll be ready…
…ready to break that fast at St. Patrick’s Day. With a bang. Kick off the Season of Drinking. Don’t smoke, though. And don’t overdo the food thing. Enjoy the bleariness of the vine, the barley, the distillates that make the good times so good. EARN those hangovers.
Then, as summer reaches a peak, post July 4 (in these United States), cut back on the booze. Go for the food. It’s going the be the harvest season…time to hit your favorite food joints. Five star dinners, divey burger bars, celebrations with friends. Go easy on the booze, or cut it out all together. Don’t overextend more than one vice at a time.
As we hit the October party season, rotate in a different vice. Maybe it’s sugar. Maybe it’s those few cigarettes you have every so often. Cut back on the food and the booze, but really enjoy whatever the vice of the season is.
Then, after New Years, as we make the resolutions…start over.
I submit it makes a certain sense, and for those with a penchant for structure and routine, it will feel rewarding to have a plan. Relax. Enjoy those vice in their time. And then, let them go.