You know what is in those glasses? Sparkling elderflower that is what! I am approaching the last few days of 2018. Thanks to many things – notably Belle and her sober coaching – I have survived my first sober Christmas since my nearly 20 year old son was in my body! It has been surprisingly easy. I have several friends who are also going alcohol free and they are a huge help. I have loved so many things about the past four months. It feels like one heck of a big deal doing this. The many tiny spin offs are constantly presenting themselves. I meet people all the time who are interested or supportive. I notice that not everyone is wanting to get off their faces. And I realise that life is so much more than the bottom of a glass. I have so much to be thankful for.
I do have times when I feel fuddy duddy. Then I see some pissed people weaving around and realise that fuddy duddy suits me. I am the lucky one. I spend so much less money going out. I have discovered that you just need a pretty glass in your hand and some garnish in that glass and some bubbly stuff and it feels just fine.
I cannot take the edge off except by walking the dog, showering, reading or going to bed. Or eating mince pies, shortbread, cakes and drinking tea.
Thanks to my friends who encourage. Thanks to my friends who are still getting shedded. Both keep giving me reasons to go on with this sober experiment.
Short and sweet.
Night night x