My vice does not affect you in any way. I'm not recruiting you to drink with me. I'm not peer-pressuring you to take a shot of caffeine. I'm not toting any benefits whatsoever of my habit. I'd appreciate some reciprocation.
Look. Big picture? I could be doing crack or making meth. I could be chewing and spewing. I could be drinking and driving. I could be watching rated R movies but I'm not. I'm merely drinking a beverage that I enjoy. And you know what, I don't even enjoy it as much as I could if I allowed myself what I really want. Don't get me wrong, Caffeine Free Diet Dr Pepper is mighty tasty but it doesn't hold a candle to a sugary Pepsi heavy.
I know soda holds zero nutritional value. I know it sucks the calcium from my bones. I know it's basically a legal addictive stimulus. I know there are wiser (free) beverage choices I could make. I know it's not good for me but you know what? Neither is speeding and I guarantee everyone reading this post speeds.
So to those of you who want to put me through the calorie-counting, label-reading, plant-growing, granola-crunching ringer (*cough* Shawn, *cough* Mandi, *cough* society), I ask you this: Is there an iota of a spec of a granule of a chance that you do something others may not agree with? And how does it make you feel when that is questioned? Uh-huh. Burns a little doesn't it? Stings even?
Everyone has habits. And it's a well known fact that when you eliminate one habit, often times it's replaced with another. Therefore, to curb an invitation to pick up huffing, I think I'll just stick to my soda.
C.Y.A. (Cover Your Ass) Epilogue: I hereby officially and publicly apologize to anyone and everyone I may have offended in the past by suggesting they choose an alternative choice to something they just chose.