I used to have this friend who will always tell me that I shouldn't hate something that I haven't tried yet. Now one would think that this guy was just trying to push me to the other side because when he first made that quote, we both were talking about people who smoke weed and how I never would try such a thing because I don't like it.
And that was when he dropped his famous quote, not because he wanted me to become a smoker, but because he felt that he was saying what was right and logical and for some few seconds, I had thought the same thing too.
"It's not fair hating something I never even tried" I remember thinking to myself but then I knew there was no way I was going to try smoking weed because it just was never going to happen. If I had a list of things I wouldn't do in this lifetime or the next, smoking weed would be among the top things.
Well, we finally got over that conversation and like I said, he wasn't trying to force me into anything I didn't want to do, he simply was just telling me what he believed and that was why when we started talking about alcohol some few days later, he had dropped the same quote again and I had said "You know what, fuck it.. I'm giving it a try".
So we all went to the store and got some alcohol. This wasn't my first time tasting alcohol but it definitely was the first time I was taking more than three sips. I usually would take a few sip and that was it, but on that day, I decided I needed to get drunk for the first time in my life and I did it.
I remember feeling good and superfly when I got drunk and how amazing that feeling was. It was like I suddenly wasn't scared of anything or anybody. If I had seen all of the girls I was crushing on that day, I probably would have asked all of them out and then regret it in the morning.
But you see, this was my first time getting drunk so it was a whole new experience for me. I always see people misbehave and stumble all over the place when they're drunk and always thought that was how I was going to behave but surprisingly I was cool. I knew what I was doing, the people I was with and how happy I was, because I was very happy. Everything everyone said that day suddenly became funny to me and it all felt like I was living the best time of my life.
No wonder they say "Drink and forget your sorrows".
Anyways I enjoyed the feeling and wanted to do it again and I did. And before I knew it, I started craving for it. Not the bitter alcoholic taste, but the way it made me feel, I wanted more of that. But luckily for me, I was smart enough to know when to stop because I knew for a fact this is how addiction starts, so I said nope, I'm not doing it anymore and I didn't.
Then I started to think about my friend's quote and how foolish it was. You don’t have to try everything before you know what's good for you and what isn't. Because I know armed robbery isn't a good thing and I didn't have to try it first to be so certain.
Also, there are some things that we shouldn't really try out or taste in the first place because they might feel so good that we might end up not being able to stop doing it. So if you know that you don't want to do something, there's absolutely no reason for you to try it first.