Friday, July 1, 2011

Lessons in Drinking Pt.1: Return of the Sentimental Swordsman

Drinking plays a fairly large part in many classic kung fu and wuxia films. Heck, sometimes you can even learn a thing or two from the boozed up characters, and apply these lessons to your everyday life.
Let's take a look at Return of the Sentimental Swordsman, shall we?

 Lesson 1: Relief
Alcohol is excellent at offering a short solace from the things that ail us. Troubles in finance and love seem to all but disappear when our old friend booze takes over.

Lesson 2: Moderation
Sometimes, it's difficult to know when you've "had enough".  Awkward social situations and tough times emotionally can make it even more difficult.  Unfortunately, you may then experience Lesson 3. 

Lesson 3: Penance
Yes, many people feel depressed the morning after a long night of drinking. Alcohol is a depressant after all, and the shame of the ridiculous shit you did the night before, paired with the physical pain of the hangover itself can be quite awful.  Thankfully, there is a way to get through this. 

Lesson 4: Rest and Relaxation
Sleep. It works like a charm.

Lesson 5: Patience
Just because you want a drink, doesn't mean that you can have one.  Work, school, and children may derail even the most devoted lushes from imbibing on his or her's favorite beverage. Never fear, however.  5 o'clock is just around the corner!

Lesson 6: Friendship
Do people tell you that you have a problem? Perhaps that you drink too much? That's where a good friend comes in. A true comrade won't condemn your abuse of the hooch, but confirm what you've known all along.  That "sometimes it's necessary to get drunk". 

Until next time my fellow squids, cheers!