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I’ve been taught since I was a kid to be “moderate in all things”.

My parents are extremely moderate; they are conservative, religious, and are very disciplined.They are by and large, great examples to me about how to live a happy, healthy life.

Until I had left the house, I hadn’t even had caffeine before.

Through college though, it was a game changer.

I could, for the first time in my life, understand and work with absolute focus and clarity. I’ve never seen a doctor about it, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I have some form of ADD. This isn’t to excuse myself in any way, simply to give some context.

 

 

So ever since college, I’ve drank things that contained caffeine. There have been awesome moments full of focus, energy, and productivity, but there have also been times of headaches and jitters.

Is it worth it?

Absolutely.

But within reason.

Downing an energy drink every single day isn’t in the cards for me, no matter what I think I could accomplish. I’m simply too nervous about what the consequences will be. I imagine that our generation will start seeing health concerns more and more because of the copious amounts of caffeine in our daily life. Not to mention, the more often you consume something like that the more dependent you are on it. This can cause withdrawal, sleeplessness, and a giant suck on your bank account. It also loses its effectiveness if you’re constantly using it to get ahead.

That being said though, I still feel like the focus that I can get from the occasional burst is worth it. (And the blueberry flavor is amazing, something I had never tried before)

I’ve attempted a few different things to see how my mind and body reacted in this regard. For about a month, I tried only drinking caffeine on Mondays and Thursdays, the idea being to let it get out of my system and create a burst of productivity on those days. It worked pretty well on those days and I accomplished a TON, but it also created a yo-yo effect, like I knew that I couldn’t focus on the days I wasn’t doing it, so I was mentally stifled.

It was awesome being superman, but then when I went back to being just me, it was kind of a letdown.

And stifled perhaps isn’t the best word, but I felt so drained, like in high school trigonometry when I couldn’t focus on any task for more than 5 minutes.

Through this challenge, I have drank caffeine pretty much every day, but not so-called energy drinks. I’ll have a low-calorie, mountain dew type beverage after about a half hour of being up, and then something after lunch to get past my desire to take a nap in the afternoon.

I’ve found that letting myself sleep longer than is necessary is way worse for my sleep patterns than having caffeine. As long as I’m not chugging a monster past 4 pm, I’m tired at night and asleep by 10:30 pm.

We’re all trying to create good patterns in our lives, all of us in a different way. For me, I want to be more moderate.

But it’s so boring!

I’d rather be on a roller coaster than driving a car.

The ups and downs give life some flavor.

And hopefully it tastes like blueberries.