After three days of intense withdrawal headaches passed, I became calmer and less anxious.
In retrospect, coffee is a poor substitute for sleep, comfort, or food.
I am more alive and alert, and I've lost about five pounds by quitting coffee. My environment stays cleaner. No more coffee spills in the car, or coffee stains left wherever I set my cup. I save money, and time. The best part of life without coffee is that I am less reactive. I don't experience small annoyances on a visceral level, and I snap at my children less frequently.
Good night my drug of choice for twenty six years. Sometime, out with friends and when I know the coffee is going to be primo, I'll enjoy a cup of joe. I just won't let it become my support system again. I've cut the iv connecting a continual drip of mediocre 7-11 coffee to my life.