The Straightedge Teacher Diaries

100th day.pngHello and happy Saturday. My name is Camila and I’m a straightedge teacher. Some of you might be wondering what straightedge means, and I’m going to give you my definition of it, sorry if it’s not super accurate.

The straightedge movement actually started thirty or forty years ago in response to this punk rock culture that sort of coerced people into drinking, smoking and doing drugs. Straightedge people, then, didn’t do any of those things. I don’t know at what point the included vegetarianism or veganism into their lifestyle as well as other…restrictions? Personally, being straightedge for me means no drinking alcohol or caffeine, no drugs (psychoactive or pharmaceutical), vegetarianism, although I was a vegetarian before considering myself a straightedge. Being a straightedge, to me, means to avoid putting stuff into my body that can alter it in a significant way that might be harmful in the long run.

Now, I wanted to post about this because I feel there’s this recurring joke about teachers being “addicted” to wine or beer or coffee and, of course, I cannot relate in the slightest. Just to be clear, I’m not complaining about my lifestyle, I mean, I made the choice not to consume certain stuff and I feel that makes me a healthier person. I’m not trying to judge anyone who drinks alcohol or caffeine and I’m not going to tell you not to do it, either; I believe as long as we’re adults and mentally stable we’re free to choose whatever we want to do with our bodies.

I’ve progressively added “restrictions” to my lifestyle, if that makes any sense, and I have because I have progressively felt that there were some things I just didn’t need in my life. I have never done any sort of drugs or tried cigarettes; they were never appealing to me and so I sort of made my decision not to try these when I turned 18, which is when people are legally considered adults in Colombia. Like I said earlier, I became a vegetarian before I started thinking of myself as a straightedge person; I stopped eating animals at the age of 15 and have since stopped drinking cow milk.

As for pharmaceutical drugs, I just sort of stopped taking painkillers when I got a headache and stuff like that. I only take medicine when it’s been prescribed by a doctor. In a previous post, I talked about the vitamin supplements I take, which are completely natural and vegan, so there are no chemicals in their composition.

I guess the moment when I stopped and said “man, I’m straightedge” was after I decided to stop drinking alcohol for good. This happened after a Christmas celebration I had with my friends in 2014. The way some people look at me is like I’m making this huge sacrifice by not drinking, when really it is a choice that has made me very happy and has proven to me that I don’t need alcohol to have a good time. There was a time when, sadly, if there wasn’t a bottle around, I didn’t enjoy my night.

Now I’d like you to tell me, if there’s anything you’d cut out of your life, what would it be and why?

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

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