How can you live without booze???!!!

I thought I’d diverge a wee bit from the crafts to talk a little about something that has been arising lately in my life. I’m not gonna get preachy or annoying, I just thought I would share my thoughts as I’ve changed so much recently.

Six months ago I gave up alcohol. Plan and simple. For the most part, I surround myself with friends and family and crafters that not only support me in that, but don’t make it an issue at all. I’m not against you getting plowed – I probably won’t stay out all night anymore and I value my time a little differently, but I’m not a hater about drinking. In fact, I go out to more shows, events, and social gatherings (bar or not) now, than when I did drink! I also will preface all of this with I’m not judging or saying alcohol is bad, I just do not want to manage it in my life anymore.

I will say though that it really pesters me when people, upon finding out I do not partake react as such: “GASP! How can you even live without alcohol??!!! How horrible!” Basically, I’ll be the first to admit it’s kind of lonely sometimes not partaking in alcohol culture. Sure, I can go to a bar or a party and it’s no issue not drinking, but the drinkers – they are the most suspicious and paranoid of folk. I know, I used to be one of them myself – ‘you don’t drink? why are you here? are you with the KGB?’ Just kidding, but the comments, looks, and general puzzlement of a sober person in the presence of alcohol is reminiscent of the Red Scare (okay maybe that’s dramatic). I feel overall, ‘How can I live without alcohol?’ well the answer is simple ‘A lot better than I can live with it.’

Let’s look at some of my personal achievements since ditching the not so magical (for me) elixir:

1. Tattoos out the wazoo
2. A trip to Thailand
3. Zero Hangovers
4. -30 lbs
5. Better relationships
6. Focus/Commitment
7. I treat myself nicely now
8. Goals become reality
9. My piggy bank is loving me
10. I am a better version of myself

It’s easy to let someone ‘shame’ me into feeling like I’m missing out when I can’t spend the night taking shots and blabbering about some thing that I’m ‘super super super’ influenced by or ‘LOVE’. (Not everyone is like that, but I sure am!) I can still go to the bar, I can still have a goofy night at a club, I can take a chance and ask someone to dance or flirt without alcohol. Also I’d like to add that drinker or not, if you’re my friend – you are my friend. I respect a good glass of whiskey, but not for me please. šŸ™‚ Plus, I’ve experienced enough to remember some awesome times!

Actually, I can still do all the things I did with alcohol, but now I can do so much more. As Rob Lowe once said “Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I don’t put it on a platform. I don’t campaign about it. It’s just something that works for me.”

The next time someone reacts to my sobriety in appall, I won’t defend my choice, I’ll just smile and remember – I’m better without. Much better. And that’s all you’ll hear about it from me.

xxxx
GFK

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6 thoughts on “How can you live without booze???!!!

  1. Well done on sticking with your goal to give up alcohol. Stay strong and don’t let others pressurise you into feeling bad for giving it up. I don’t drink much but can recall feeling awkward at bars on nights out when not having alcohol.

  2. You know you never cease to amaze me. You know our hearts beat as one on this subject. Without booze we have been able to build this beautiful friendship. Its like giving up one thing led to getting a bajillion good things. I love how you are so positive about it, so many people hang on the negatives. I just laugh when people get all incredulous.
    love you

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