John Mayer is celebrating two successful years of sobriety!
In a moment of reflection, the singer credits the rapper Drake and an awful hangover experience for the ages in helping him reach this personal milestone.
In a sneaker-themed sit-down with Complex, Mayer tells the publication’s Joe La Puma and Nike Air Fear of God collection designer Jerry Lorenzo about when he made the decision to stop drinking:
“It was Drake’s 30th birthday party, and I made quite a fool of myself. It took me weeks to stop doing this every morning I woke up.”
The Gravity singer says a massive six-day-long hangover made him start questioning his future potential:
“That’s how big the hangover was. I looked out the window and I went, ‘OK, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 having fun, that’s fine. But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? There’s no wrong answer. What is it?’ I went, ‘100.’”
From that point on, John says he became grateful for each day that he got another chance to live life. He pauses to remember the late Mac Miller, who he wishes learned the same lessons he did before tragically dying of an overdose on September 7:
“I just wish it wasn’t fatal. I just wish figuring out your life didn’t take your life away from you.”
The 41-year-old understands through his own personal battles with alcohol dependency that quitting drinking might be a different process for everyone, but urges people to weigh the risks:
“It is just so particular to your own spirit and psychology that it’s almost impossible to develop one way of explaining it to someone else. You have to fight really hard to look at it from a critical point of view. Because it’s constantly pushed on you and every Friday and Saturday on social media there is enabling that is going on for drinking. If you look at drinking the way you look at anything else, which is risk reward; ‘what am I giving up?’ ‘What am I getting?’”
Wise words, John!
Catch the rest of the conversation with Mayer (below):
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