Here's To Alcohol, The Rose-Colored Glasses Of Life

Here's To Alcohol, The Rose-Colored Glasses Of Life

Try looking from the outside of the glass in.
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I mean, let's be honest, everyone drinks. That college kid that you watched bong three beers in a row, drinks on the days that end in "Y." That woman you saw at the restaurant who ordered a margarita, drinks once or twice a month. The dad at the Cubs game who called the vendor over to get a few beers, drinks a time or two during the week. These people live normal lives and drink just for the hell of it. They don't drink to mask the problems in their lives, but unfortunately, some people do.

Someone I hold near and dear to me wears these rose colored glasses every single day, and let me tell you, it isn't pretty. I'm not here to ridicule people about drinking, because like I said everyone drinks — but I don't want it to get the best of you.

To be completely honest, I don't know how it starts. In my opinion, it's different for every person because some people have self-control... some do not. This person that I mentioned, the one I sincerely care about, doesn't mentally exist like they once did. This is all because of alcohol. They let it get the best of them. They used it, time and time again to cover up the fact that their life was falling apart rather than growing up and fixing it. As much as I miss and would love to tell you about them, I need to warn you — do not fall into the trap.

You see here, the glasses aren't rose colored. Those glasses took my childhood away. Countless nights of listening to people argue. Not having my lunch packed for school. Not having clean clothes or someone to do my hair in the morning. The absence of a parent (or two) for a few days at a time. Learning how to do my own laundry at the age of six years old. Mowing lawns for some extra money so I could buy food for my little brothers and I. Getting excited about having Kool-aid or Doritos in the house because we never had those luxuries — don't do this to your children.

I look at that person I care about now, and I wish I could help them. I give them chance after chance to change, I cry, and I beg. I have used so much time and so much energy to try to help them. I've realized that my life is taking off now and that I cannot sit around waiting for them to change. Moral of the story is, don't drink to take the pain away... because the pain that you are drinking away, is getting put on someone else's shoulders. Someone who shouldn't have to endure it.

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When something does not work out as planned, our immediate thoughts are overwhelming. I have sat up many nights, staring at the ceiling, wondering why things did not work out as planned. I know sometimes you feel as if the whole world is coming down on you. I know you are frustrated at the mystery of events that could take place.

Trust me, it will get better and work out in a way you never would've imagined.

When you wallow in self-pity after things not working out, you are only hindering your success. You know when everything will get better? It will get better when you start believing in yourself. It will get better when you start to love yourself for who you are and push yourself to your fullest potential.

Life has many different paths and obstacles that we, as human beings, are faced with every day.

When we do not have a choice on the outcome of particular situations, it is hard to see the positive side.

Take a minute to close your eyes and think about the last time something did not work out as planned. Were you optimistic and positive? If not, take this advice from me.

To my 6th grade relationship where I acted out the "Romeo and Juliet" scene for my first kiss, thank you. To the immature middle-school drama, thank you. To dance auditions, thank you. To falling in love with one specific college, thank you. To having a crazy freshman year experience, thank you.

Now, these are just a handful of events that did not go as planned for me personally. I can truthfully say, with all of these "losses," I gained so much more. Sometimes we do not even realize that the plans we are making for our lives may not be the best. The plans that are meant to work out always do.

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To the guy that is frustrated about his career path, say thank you.

To the child that is left out in a friend group, say thank you.

You will one day see the path that IS meant to work out after that one "planned" path did not. It is so important to understand that you are not alone. Every single human being on this earth has once thought of a plan, only to have it destructed by a new one. Without control, without a say, our life plan can change in a blink.

So, to all the things that did not work out, thank you.

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