Whenever I tell people that I don’t drink and that I’ve never drank before, it normally goes one of three ways. Person 1: OH, is it a relgious thing? Jordan: And I’m always like… Nah, it’s not any thing like that or anything– Person 1: WELL YA KNOW Jesus drank, right…? Jordan: Yeah, I know that it’s just something that I’ve ever really been that interested in. it’s really, it’s really not that big of a deal, like, it’s really not And then the conversation always gets really awkward because they feel like I’m silently judging them or trying to take some imgainary moral high ground that doesn’t actually exist. Or scenario two if I’m at an event and people kind of suspect that I don’t drink but they’re not sure and then they offer me something to drink and then i decline… Person 2: OH oh, right–you don’t drink right?…is it ok if we’re, like, drinking around you? Cause I don’t wanna (stammering)… Jordan: No, it’s really not a big deal. You don’t have to worry about it. Do you have any water or anything? That’d be great. But then they proceed to make it extremely awkward because again they think that I’m taking some moral high ground. Or even weirder, they sometimes like start to explain to me why they drink themselves. Almost like they’re trying to justify it to me because I apparently care so much. P2: Yeah, well, ya know, the only time I drink is when I’m like, ya know, Sundays…I’m with the boys and, I’m just, relaxing time. I really feel like it’s not a big deal if I drink on Sundays because (Charlie Brown adult sound effect) Or scenario three, if I’m around really obnoxious people that I don’t hang out with anymore… they’ll try to trick me into drinking. Person 3: Hey jordan, you uh…you wanna try this? Jordan: What is it? P3: Honey flavored water… (awkward pause) Jordan: That’s the best you could come up with…? *silence* Jordan: Like they just want to see me drink or something for some weird reason I don’t know. I can’t figure it out Like, do you have some weird insecurity or guilt or something that you want to talk about? Because that’s what it seems like sometimes Look, I don’t drink. I don’t ever want to drink. And that’s just because that’s me. I don’t have anything against you if you drink sometimes. But for those of you who are honestly wondering… Person 4: Yeah, dude, that’s fine. No big deal. If you don’t mind me asking: What led you to not really drinking alcohol? Jordan: First off–Thank you for asking so kindly! To answer the question, I haven’t really come up with a cohesive reason why I don’t feel the need to. But I think that one of the main reasons is that, you know, growing up as the youngest in my family I frequently hung out with people that were a lot older than me And obviously that means that those friends reached the legal drinking age a lot sooner than I did. So I was able to observe them as that thing became an option in their life. And it might be a stupid reason to not drink now that I’m a lot older, but… I saw what it did to some of my friends. How it changed them and then when I went to college I saw even more how it changed my new friends. I saw how they drank to try to escalate themselves to this collective idea of what cool was. When alcohol was around, it was… interesting. It was like that was the only thing that existed. Like, that was what everything revolved around. Everything turned into being about alcohol. That was what the conversation was about. That was what everything premised itself around. When it wasn’t around, though, everything was just, normal, like, there wasn’t this looming thing in the background that was like influencing the conversation, or you know, what people were doing or saying. Growing up, I saw people in church that I never even considered would get drunk or let something influence them that way, get drunk and get drunk again, and again… And it really…it really disappointed me. That affected me a lot Or just seeing people in college that I wouldn’t think would do that… and then you find out that they’re doing it. So eventually when I hit the age when I could decide to drink or not, it wasn’t even a choice. Like, I just didn’t. It’s funny, there was never, like, a defining moment in my life where I was like: “I, Jordan Taylor, pledge to never drink in my entire life.” I guess I just haven’t, and I don’t really plan on it. Now all this to say, I don’t care if you drink. I don’t care if you choose to have alcohol be a part of your life…I really don’t! But, this has just been my experience, and so that is the best reason why I can give to people when they ask me honestly, “Why don’t you drink?” I guess that’s the best I can do right now. This has been a really weird video. Please don’t get shmammered!