I’ve been on drugs of one kind or another all my life.
Actual drugs I was rubbish at.
I was 30.
With cocaine I just kept sneezing.
With ecstasy I just got dizzy and fell over.
So after about two weeks, I stopped.
Money was a drug when I was about 40.
I had made some money so I bought some things like houses and cars and clothes.
The buzz from this drug lasted quite a while.
It probably made we walk with a bit of a swagger.
Raise one eyebrow from time to time and say daft, patronising things.
‘Look a bit stupid and superior.
I wasn’t that good with this drug.
I quite liked making money but didn’t spend (some but not all of) it wisely.
Alcohol is the drug that I’ve been involved with for longest.
Swimming pools full of the stuff whilst studying and in my 20’s.
Probably the same in my 30’s.
In my 40’s slightly less because I started to see how silly or inappropriate or dead alcohol made people.
I used to anaesthetise with alcohol in my 40’s.
In my 40’s I didn’t drink alcohol to remember how great life’s good bits were, I drank to forget how good the bad bits weren’t.
And in my 50’s (I’m a beginner) I drink in fits and starts.
Aware that there is a direct relationship between how many days I get to see Izzy Willow and how many glasses of whiskey I swallow.
Other drugs through my life include girls, cigarettes for a few years and my new drug (which I am noticing is giving me a similar high to the other drugs I’ve tried in my life) which is creativity.
I am being very creative, these days.
More creative than I have ever been in my life.
And I am SO annoyed that I have waited this long despite something I have known for years but refused or resisted to internalise and act upon.
These days, I am simply less fearful of what people think.
I am creating for me.
Like when I was 3 years old when I knew no other way of creating.
I am annoyed because I was told about this phenomenon years ago.
By Pablo Picasso.
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.
I am just starting to learn and believe this.
And that creativity can be a drug.
A good drug.
And it’s not a day too soon.
Because when my 1,000 months are up – I will be gone.
My creativity however, will remain.