My earliest recollection of watching television is being sat in the front room after school, wrapped up in Dastardly and Muttley and Blue Peter. If I was feeling rebellious enough I might have watched Grange Hill, but I'd have to make sure my parents were not around as they would surely disapprove of all that early teen anarchic chaos.
Through my early teens, I didn't watch much TV although I had a penchant for spending all day watching England play Australia in a cricket test match during the long summer holidays and listening to Richie Benaud give a masterclass in the understated commentary. A world away from the frantic and breathless “must have a sentence on every action” that the Sky presenters these days impart.
You are still here with me then. That's good because hundreds of thousands of people didn't wake up today. Many are taken by old age and natural causes, and some are taken from us suddenly like the Leicester city chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a tragic helicopter crash over the weekend.
Leicestershire Police said it believed the other people killed in the crash to be two members of Mr Vichai's staff - Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare - pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
Most successful people have deeply ingrained habits and routines, in particular, they have strong morning routines. Whereas most drinkers are all over the place and they can only manage to get their kids off to school or make time for breakfast before stumbling out of the front door in a fog of agitation and self-resentment.
All of the friction involved in starting any new venture, habit or routine comes at the beginning of the cycle. It might take you a long time to decide to go for a walk for example, but once you are out there doing it, everything else comes naturally.
Likewise, you might struggle to get up out of bed in the morning, especially in the cold dark winter months. But once you decide to get up, you are up and running, off and at them.
Up at 4 am. I awoke at 3.30 am and tried to go back to sleep but in the end, decided it was pointless lying there wide awake and I might as well get a jump on the day.
If you haven't already enquired, begin to think about starting a meditation practice. I like to meditate twice a day. Once at 7.30 am and again at 8 pm. I've started turning the TV off at night and prefer to read or reflect. Television is terrible for triggering thoughts of drinking because you are subjected to a constant barrage of advertising.
I've been meditating since January, and I'll confess that I don't think I've got that much benefit out of it but of course that's more to do with the drinking than anything else. So I'm interested to see what happens now that I've stopped.
It is early days of course but some signs that I'm on the long path back to being normal are already beginning to show themselves.
Whilst washing up yesterday I found that some bowls were perched precariously in the cupboard as I put them away. Usually, I would just add another to the wobbling pile and hope for the best but this time I took them all out and restacked them properly.
My daughter came round last night and I offered to make her two boys something to eat, they must be hungry right? They gave me that kind of “are you ok?” look as I went off to the kitchen to put a pizza in the oven. Normally I'd be too interested in my drink to get up off the sofa and worry about anyone else.