I believe everyone in this sober blogging community is a WINNER because of your honesty, openness and braveness to take the challenge and ride that sober car. For some it’s been a while, for others, it’s relatively new. It really doesn’t matter where you are in that challenge – the important thing is that we are HERE – together!
I honestly have not felt this strong about taking on the challenge of being booze free in ages. I’m not sure why it’s different this time – perhaps because I dived into this new community. I know I owe a great deal of credit to Belle who’s incredible selflessness to answer emails from who knows how many people – I told her she’s an earth angel!!
Every day that I close sober, I feel that much better. I see people around me planning outings and events that all involve drinking. Even at work – they are now doing this ‘patio crashers’ gathering on Fridays about once or twice a month and I don’t attend. I know for me right now – it’s just easier not to be there (besides I really can’t afford to go out – nor can I be away from home too much with all the drama going on with my kids).
Sometimes I feel like this … just to ‘run away and hide’ from my parental responsibilities or at least get away from them somewhere nice. I did that in February when I went to Barbados (my 2nd trip in my life – the first one being 2 years ago).
I know though that I have to stick it out and meet all of the challenges in my life and that karma will bring good to my life so long as I keep pushing and make the right choices. That includes deciding to stay sober for a while.
I’m directing my energy into getting in the best physical shape of my life as a way to replace the idle time that is no longer wasted on drinking. With every workout I feel better and better – and becoming more and more addicted to the habit of doing them which is FABULOUS!!
I am really just putting myself out there – and while I know it’s important to not overwhelm myself, I believe I have a good balance going on right now. It’s all about body/mind/spirit – and each of these are much healthier without the daily doses of alcohol. The winning mentality is knowing that the sober life can be a greater life – and that we’re not missing out on anything by not drinking – rather we’re gaining so much more by riding the sober wagon.
It feels good to let go of those things that truly no longer serve us… and with every day that passes (wrapping up day 25 today), I can see how much richer my life can be without the influence of alcohol or its after effects when we indulge. Cheers to US!! A Winning group of people!!