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Will power, do you have it?


14 Feb 2021 9:40AM
do you have the power to do or not to do long term
bluesandtwos 11 519 1 England
14 Feb 2021 1:10PM
I can resist anything, except temptation.

Will power....none whatsoever.Sad
14 Feb 2021 2:12PM
Gave up alcohol about 50 years ago, but not totally tee-total. ( One bottle of 25 year old Single Malt a yearSmile
Gave up smoking 20 years ago, never had one since.
Been with Debs 38 years, and no regrets.

They are the long term GrinGrinGrinGrin

Short term ? Cannot resist camera gear, or tools, or " things that may be of use on a rainy day " GrinGrinGrinGrin
clicknimagine Plus
11 797 104 India
14 Feb 2021 2:21PM
I don't have...I have tried to quit smoking but never succeeded for more than two days...
14 Feb 2021 2:46PM

Quote:I don't have...I have tried to quit smoking but never succeeded for more than two days...


This worked for me, just an adjustment in the mind Grin
Instead of " I am trying to give up...... "
" I have given up....... "
And giving up was no longer an option in my head. Hope it helps,
David.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
14 Feb 2021 3:07PM
Stopped smoking 13 years ago after 40 years of at least 20 a day. Went a lot easier than I would have believed, and not smoked at all since.
Bridgelayer 13 748 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2021 4:25PM
Apart from stopping smoking and going cold turkey from 40 Senior Service & Capstain Full Strength a day, when the price went up over 1 a packet, I have the willpower of a soggy tomato.
Dave_Canon 14 2.0k United Kingdom
14 Feb 2021 5:18PM
I believe so. I gave up smoking when I was 22 years old by just deciding to stop as it was clear then that it was bad for your health though many tried to pretend otherwise. A couple of years ago, my weight was creeping up to the point I decided to do something about it. I was visiting a pub twice a week after playing tennis and we typically would drink a couple of pints of beer. I switched to drinking water and stuck to this despite my mates still drinking beer. I have not been to a pub for a very long time now but we hope to do so again after the lockdown and I will have to continue with water. A friend did suggest that, if I gave up wine, I could drink the beer but it is no contest for me as I much prefer a good red wine.

Dave
peterjones 19 5.1k 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2021 10:57PM
Gave up smoking decades ago, never looked back.

Recently I gave up caffeine entirely as I find out it was giving me hypertensive spikes even so called decaf which of course is not caffeine free.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
15 Feb 2021 12:19PM

Quote:Cannot resist camera gear

Unfortunately, on a site like this any hope of curing that is doomed I'm afraid Smile
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.3k 9 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2021 12:38PM
I need a reason and then no problem.
I gave up smoking in 1985 - I refused to pay the then price increase.
If I'm on medication I immediately stop all alcohol consumption.

I love techy stuff though, last years E-M5iii led to DxO software that led to new fast laptop.
lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
15 Feb 2021 1:24PM
I gave up smoking 25 years ago and drinking 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with an incurable cancer of the liver. The point with any addiction, I think, is that it is a paper tiger. That is proven by the numbers of people who give up additions and live much better lives afterwards. Miles Davis, whose music has been with me through my life, was a heroin addict at one time. He was scathing about its effects on creativity, that far from enhancing your abilities it dulled your feelings and ability to express them. You just thought it was better.

The simple fact is that for addictions to be overcome, you must want to be clean more than you want the substance. I gave up smoking when I got out of breath one day cycling to the shops to get a paper. I was either going to have to stop cycling or smoking. I have ridden a bike as my basic local transport since I started cycling to school age 8. I was not going to give that up for a future of emphysema, no contest.

With the drinking, liver cancer and metastasis were a good reason to give up and prolong things as long as I could.I thought it would affect my social life but I have concluded that I am no more boring sober than I am drunk so nothing lost. Friends have said that it's rather nice to have a long lunch in Chinatown and, since I'm not drinking, just have a glass of wine or a beer. Chat is actually better and how nice not to have a hangover afterwards. Booze really is one of the great nothings, you think it does something but it really doesn't. If you are not funny or entertaining without it, you won't be with it. If I didn't have the cancer, I'd still be drinking but having stopped I've been fascinated to find that I miss it not at all.

Camera gear, I have always had the best for my work and o it has been an integral part of my life since I was 17. I learned by age 20 and taking pictures very single day, day in day out for a living that the camera was not a factor in success or not. David Hockney is not a photographer but has produced some of the finest pictures I've seen.None of the photographers, the great names of Fleet Street that made me want to do the job, knew that much about cameras and lenses.They bought Nikons because they were strong and reliable and had good back-up and repair service. But provided it worked properly, any camera at all would do the job, cameras, IQ sharpness were never a subject of conversation, it was always pictures.

I have a Panasonic S5 being delivered shortly. It will stay in its box until I have need for it and the prospect doesn't excite me at all. On the other hand when my beautiful Eastman hand built semi-acoustic guitar arrived, I ripped the box open in the porch to get at it! Guitarists have exactly the same GAS as photographers!

15 Feb 2021 1:31PM

Quote:On the other hand when my beautiful Eastman hand built semi-acoustic guitar arrived, I ripped the box open in the porch to get at it! Guitarists have exactly the same GAS as photographers!


Picture please ????????
lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
15 Feb 2021 6:05PM

Quote:Picture please ????????
With pleasure! Carved maple arch top, mahogany back and sides, ebony fingerboard and a pair of fantastic sounding hand wound Jason Lollar pickups. Guitars are very different from cameras because they can be hand made, modified, you can choose the spec etc but as ever you get what you pay for and, like cameras, it would be very hard to buy a bad one nowadays. Whatever, guitarists are just as obsessed by gear as photographers.

The other big difference is that no-one can automate the technical skill out of it. If you want to play you have to put in the hours with the bleeding fingers, callouses and all. So nothing like auto exposure and focus, no auto fingering or picking or strumming available!

Looking at the pic, the guitar is as beautiful as always, I can only apologise for the raddled old geezer holding it!

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SteveAitch 3 52 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2021 7:10PM

Quote:
Quote:Picture please ????????
With pleasure! Carved maple arch top, mahogany back and sides, ebony fingerboard and a pair of fantastic sounding hand wound Jason Lollar pickups. Guitars are very different from cameras because they can be hand made, modified, you can choose the spec etc but as ever you get what you pay for and, like cameras, it would be very hard to buy a bad one nowadays. Whatever, guitarists are just as obsessed by gear as photographers.

The other big difference is that no-one can automate the technical skill out of it. If you want to play you have to put in the hours with the bleeding fingers, callouses and all. So nothing like auto exposure and focus, no auto fingering or picking or strumming available!

Looking at the pic, the guitar is as beautiful as always, I can only apologise for the raddled old geezer holding it!

60591_1613412186.jpg


Nice! Makes my '80s Columbus Series 3 Gibson 335 copy look like the cheap copy it is.

Dead right on the finger problems. I usually play bass and that really wrecks your finger ends until they harden over.

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