I just read another great post by Soberistas, “Why You Shouldn’t Fear Taking The Alcohol-Free Leap”. I wash’t planning on posting in my blog today but want to so I can quote and link to this great writing. I want to be able to come back to it in times of doubt, and remember how wise this decision is to go alcohol-free. This is especially helpful as I start a vacation, and tonight, as a gift from my in-laws, am spending a night in a beautiful lodge. I am sitting in a charming room, about to head to a spa, followed by a romantic dinner. A lovely breakfast reservation is made for tomorrow. I am excited to wake up and do some yoga before breakfast, remembering every moment of the night before with my husband, and feeling rested and energized. The sound of a waterfall is in my ears as I type. It is going to be a great 24 hours. This helps so much:
“Funnily enough, the drink, which many consider is helping them to cope, usually turns out to be the very substance that’s capping their ability to deal with things rationally in the first place.
The false confidence we believe to be intrinsically ours when out socialising often serves as an unflattering mask, and when it falls away in the morning we are left with nothing more than a series of half-memories and a niggling worry that, in the boozy heat of the moment, we acted or spoke in a way which now fills us with remorse and shame.
Whether we choose to drink alcohol or to abstain, life will remain the same; convoluted, at times tricky to navigate, and an emotional roller-coaster. We will be subjected to the same occasions of sadness, exuberance, anger, reluctance and disappointment, no matter if we turn to the bottle or turn the other cheek.
What are revolutionary are the concepts of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a rational mind.” Thank you Soberistas for this great reminder.