It is feeling normal not to drink.
At first I wanted to avoid social occasions, or at least preface them with, “I’m not drinking”. I am not sure why we think we should not be going somewhere because we are not drinking. So what? I will be drinking, but drinking something nice and non boozy.
My reason for this blog was to examine my way along the sober path and see if there was any difference between long term non-drinking and my normal drinking pattern. I feel so different. But I do think some of it is in my head. This feeling of finding myself more trustworthy (to myself and to others) is possibly the nicest feeling. I can say yes to ANYTHING in the future because my ability to do it will not be shadowed by the ghost of a potential hangover. I have said yes way into the future about things I would never have bothered to say yes to, knowing I will be absolutely capable. So nice thing number one is the ”trustworthy” feeling.
Nice thing number two is realising that I am happy to be at any social occasion and not be drinking. I really thought it would be boring as hell. And tbh there will be boring times with pissed people rambling on, but I don’t have to hang out at those… But the normal parties where people drink normally – well it is an absolute pleasure to have my wits about me at those.
What are your nice things? Please tell me 😉
More nice things tomorrow.