So I am still collecting nice things…
Yesterday my nice things were …… feeling oneself to be trustworthy, and then realising that one can enjoy social occasions and not drink.
The surprise and third one…. I really thought that I would have nothing to look forward to if I stopped drinking. So much in my life revolved (and to an extent still does) around what we could do food and drink wise…. I love food. I love eating out. I love socialising. I love Aperol Spritz in Italy, red wine in South Africa… (I am an African for those of you who don’t know me.). I loved going to the UK for the ability to buy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc… It’s summer so its rosé time. Its winter so its red wine. And don’t even get me started on gin and tonic cos that is anytime. And so with nearly every fun occasion which is planned in the future revolving around the bbb (big bad booze) I really thought that I would have nothing to look forward to. That life would be a series of dreary social occasions with me grimly gripping my soda water. But it is not like that!!! I have bought myself a lovely glass – not expensive – from Zara home. It is kind of like my special occasion glass and I have a myriad of ideas of what to put in it. That reminds me. My ginger beer is brewing very nicely …. I actually put some of the failed batch into the soda stream… not sure that its wise …. and it fizzed like crazy everywhere but then tasted AMAZING. So much nicer than Stoney Ginger Beer. So I am taking that glass with me when I go away and when I go to someones BBQ and so on. I remember everything at social occasions and I wake up feeling like a newborn. What is not to like? So surprise number three is that life is NOT BORING….and there is plenty to look forward to….
In November I have planned a trip with my two besties from school. We have not been together just the three of us, perhaps in 25 years. It is going to be such a lovely time. It is an effort for all three of us to carve out the time. But I cannot wait. The day I arrive is the 100 days deadline. So in theory, I started this experiment for 100 days..so I COULD drink…. And of course I am only on day 31 so I won’t jump the gun…. But I am not planning to drink on this little holiday. I know that the girls will be disappointed in my non drinking status. But I really don’t care. Well don’t mind maybe. They will see that I am just the same just a better version. With more energy… I have just said to them I am not drinking and the one said, well you had better cancel your trip! I know she is jesting… And perhaps thinks I am only joking. More about them and the trip another time.
In the meanwhile. I am a month in. And it has not disappointed ;-). Indeed there are many small knock on effects and I am going to have to do a separate blog on them. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments… And hang in there and cruise in your little sober cars. Love ya’ll