Drinking Coffee as a Survival Skill?

Those of you that know me, know that I can’t stand coffee.  I’ve always found it to be a vile and nasty liquid that was to be shunned at all costs.  Even after years of my wife trying to convince me that if I drank it the way she makes it, I would probably like it.  “Begone vile drink!” would often be my reply.

Not anymore.  As odd as it is for me to say it, I’m now a coffee drinker.  Here’s my story.

Pretty much everyone I know drinks coffee.  When I was in the Marines, even in the middle of nowhere, there was coffee.  I can remember several distinct times when I was trying to stay awake on an overnight guard shift and still couldn’t bring myself to drink it.  Probably the only Marine that didn’t drink coffee.

I’ve tried it several times when I was younger, but could never develop a taste for it.  In fact, I hated the taste so much, I wasn’t able to use hot water to make tea if it was heated in anything that was used for coffee.  I just couldn’t get used to the taste.

Until recently, I was never one that needed caffeine to get me going in the morning.  Fast forward a couple of decades and I’ve noticed that it’s distinctly taking me longer to “wake up” in the morning and get my day going.

What really spurred this, though, is that I’ve been getting up earlier to exercise and found I had zero motivation to do so, which made it really difficult to start my day, especially knowing that exercising was (nearly) the first thing I had to do when I woke.

To counter this, I started taking a “5 Hour Energy” when I woke.  Holy cow, talk about getting a jolt of a wake up.  Now I know why all you people drink coffee in the morning!  I found that not only did I approach the mornings’ exercise with enthusiasm, but I felt energized all day (which also partly due to the exercising).

However, to me, taking an energy drink is only a short term solution.  I didn’t want to be spending the bucks for it on a regular basis, as well as not wanting to be on a regular diet of this stuff.

Enter coffee.

I quickly realized that my wife, who had been trying to get me to drink coffee for years now, had the solution.  Coffee, even with adding milk/cream/creamer and sugar, is far cheaper than an energy drink everyday.  Recent studies even purport the health benefits of coffee.

So knowing that this was the solution, I used my Marine Corps skills of applying mind over matter and drank a cup.  With enough cream and sugar, it’s actually enjoyable.  Who’da thunk?

I actually consider it a newly acquired survival skill for me, as being able to drink coffee will allow me to stay awake when needed.  Yesterday, my wife and I had the realization that we’ll have to increase the amount of coffee we store, as previously we only stored a bare minimum for her.

Having just finished my second large cup of coffee as I write this, I’m highly charged to take on the day!  I’ve finally joined the rest of the world and have become a coffee drinker.

If you listen really closely, you can hear my wife laughing in the background.

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