Have You Heard Of National Edge Day?
The straight edge lifestyle means refraining from alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Would you believe a sub-genre of hardcore punk rockers inspired this movement? It’s true. On October 17, celebrate National Edge Day by resetting your mind and body — and exploring a unique way of life. If you always live the straight edge, this is a great time to encourage your friends to try it with you.
The hardcore punk band Minor Threat first released the song "Straight Edge" in 1981. The term was soon adopted as a title for the movement to refrain from using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
Although people had begun to live the straight edge lifestyle in the 1980s, the movement gained traction in the 1990s. National Edge Day was created in 1999 in Boston during an event called Edge Fest.
By the early 2000s, many people in the movement added veganism to their straight edge lifestyles. Although not officially part of the movement, some began to refer to themselves as vegan straight edge — or with the symbol xVx.
Celebrities That Were Straight Edge?
1. Bradley Cooper
After he felt like his drinking and partying were becoming too wild, the film star made the decision to become sober and live straight edge.
2. Steve Aoki
While attending UC Santa Barbara, Aoki adhered to the vegan straight edge lifestyle.
3. Phillip Jack Brooks or CM Punk
The professional wrestler embodied the straight edge movement in the ring, but now also adheres to the principles in his daily life.
Why Everyone Should Celebrate This Day?
1) Straight edge is healthy
When you live without drugs, alcohol, and tobacco you may notice improved sleep and increased energy. Living straight edge helps you stay in control of your mind and body and might even prevent a substance abuse problem.
2) Straight edge saves you money
When you don't spend money on cigarettes or alcohol, you can save a lot. For example, having one or two glasses of wine during the week can add up to hundreds of dollars by the end of the month. Think about all of the other things you could be doing with this money, such as planning a vacation or buying tickets to a concert.
3) Living straight edge gives you a different perspective
Whether you've lived straight edge for many years or celebrate once a year on National Edge Day, living the straight edge lifestyle can open your eyes to a different way of living. Take time to enjoy the simple things in life without any distractions!