Today marks 31 days of sobriety. I enjoy not drinking. I find that my thinking is clearer and my moods are lighter. I’m also partial to a mimosa with brunch or a glass of Sauvignon Touraine in the evening. Alcohol brings out a different side of me. One that is more playful and less intense.
“If you don’t want to slip. Don’t go where it’s slippery.” Alcoholics Anonymous
What I find interesting is that I didn’t have to think once in the last month about not drinking. And I didn’t expend any energy thinking about whether or not I minded waking up with a fuzzy head. And that’s because I’m in an environment where it just didn’t come up. I find it a lot harder to resist drinking when I’m around my family or friends I haven’t seen for a long time. I think it’s a nice aspect of being sociable but I’m also really enjoying this period of deprivation-free sobriety.
“Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?” W. Clement Stone
I find this to be one of the advantages of never living in one place for more than a month or so. It’s not really possible for bad habits to grow roots, as automated behaviour is so contextual. Each time I move, I’m intentional about setting up my environment to make it easy to do the things I say I want to do and hard to do the things that I don’t—and that’s because I have the breaking strain of a Kit-Kat.
“Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.” Rita Mae Brown
If you do want to try sobriety, my friend Chris has a program to support you in your endeavours.