A documentary, sugar and a quote

Schalk Neethling
3 min readMar 9, 2022


Photo by Tatum Bergen on Unsplash

After it being recommended in Tim Ferriss5-Bullet Friday newsletter, I started watching The River Runner on Netflix. I am so glad I did. It is a story of Kayaking, cancer, life choices, and changing one’s perspective, all focused around the main character of Scott Lindgren.

Alcohol, and the abuse thereof, also played a large role in the early life of Scott. He used it, much like I did, to cover over dealing with hard emotions and fear. While the connection was not mentioned in the documentary, I believe we all know the link between alcohol abuse and cancer. I definitely do not want to add any spoilers so, I will leave it at that.

A sweet tooth? What?!

I never thought I was a person with a sweet tooth. I experienced this during previous stints of sobriety but, never wrote about it. It is a thing though. I seriously enjoy sweet things now and a little to much to be honest. I guess the alcohol always filled this need and so, I never put two and two together.

I definitely do not want to substitute one problem for another so, I am being very mindful of what I eat and try to stick to things like dark chocolate which can be beneficial for arterial function. In small amounts, it satisfies my craving and is definitely a much better option that alcohol.

A quote

In closing out this random post 😁 I want to share a quote that came across my path today. I use a service called ReadWise to sync highlights I make on my Kindle as well as across the web. It then offers and array of features to revisit these highlights. One of the really nice features as the daily review. An email with three recent highlights.

The one that jumped out at me today was a quote from Epictetus on taking action, which ties in nicely with the documentary mentioned earlier:

Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer.

Put your principles into practice — now. Stop the excuses and the procrastination. This is your life! You aren’t a child anymore. The sooner you set yourself to your spiritual program, the happier you will be. The longer you wait, the more you’ll be vulnerable to mediocrity and feel filled with shame and regret, because you know you are capable of better.

From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do — now.

Before I go, fellow traveler Benya Clark and his girlfriend has a new podcast you might be interested in. Subscribe to Exploring Sobriety wherever you get your podcasts.

I hope you are all doing well and making the most of the one life you have. ✌️

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Schalk Neethling

I write about mental health, addiction, sober living, living your best life through an active lifestyle and a whole food plant-based diet. Psychedelic curios :)