This is taken 3 days after I stopped drinking… roughly 56 weeks back from today. I’m sure it doesn’t look all that bad but day one looked much worse. That’s right, almost 21 and I have been sober for a year….I’m the life of the party.
As you can imagine, this isn’t always easy, the social effects are pretty dire I must admit, however! I have my reasons.
First this picture – I woke up the morning after a standard night out, 12 hours missing from my memory and a blood soaked face. To this day i’ve no actual knowledge of what happened and frankly, I don’t want to know. That was the first straw, i was put off and my interest in the clubbing lifestyle dissipated.
After a few weeks out, stepping back you see a bigger picture, a culture that I wasn’t sure I wanted to be part of any more. A few days of hearing drunk stories, a few nights out sober and it started to look pretty pointless, copious drinking, no memory of nights, hangovers lasting days and so many hours wasted. Don’t get me wrong, I did my fair share of those nights but the interest is gone.
Take all of that ad add a fitness lifestyle I had just started growing into – Intake tracking, hard training needing recovery (both nutrition and rest) as well as the knowledge of the damage caused. Yeah, drinking was over, and with that clubbing had to go too, why? Have you tried sober clubbing.
Bars and socialising, I am all for. Though few people are willing to leave it there, shown by the sheer grief I have had in social circles. But frankly, strong will and a backbone make it easier, my good friends understand and the rest, I can live without.
So there it is, the short version of my road to sobriety, anyone doing the same, best of luck and good on you, it’s not an easy lifestyle!
Aspiring to Inspire.