One amusing thing about sobriety are the things you hear when you are sober.
When you let someone know you are sober, you get a distinct look (for better or for worse) and believe it or not, a level of respect you probably haven’t experienced before. Some will respect you more so while some will think you are “boring”. They look at you puzzled and intrigued. Then following that intrigued look come some interesting comments.
This summer will be my 4th sobriety anniversary, and honestly, it has been one of the best decisions of my life. When I compare where I was in 2013 and where I am now, I can honestly say, I have matured, I am happier, fulfilled, accomplished and healthier.
Furthermore, being sober is not for the weak. In a world full of temptations, sobriety comes at a price. You will lose some friends on the way but you will also gain many more interesting ones with similar interests. In addition, you will stop receiving invitations to certain gatherings – that’s a good thing. The less you are around bars, clubs, etc. the stronger you get. This is true for the first six months to a year.
What does not fail regardless where you are on your sobriety walk are the things you hear when you are sober.
Here are some things you hear when you tell someone you don’t drink:
- What happened? Did you get a DWI? Nothing. I just decided to stop drinking.
- Are you on your second DWI or are you on probation? No. Refer back to number 1.
- Are you pregnant? No.
- You mean you don’t drink absolutely no alcohol, not even wine? Last time I checked, wine had alcohol.
- What do you for fun now? I don’t waste an entire day getting over the hangover.
- Life must be boring now? Actually, life is now much more exciting!
What is holding you back from living a sober life?