Why I went sober In My 30’s?
1096 days ago I gave up alcohol.
- 94,694,400 seconds
- 1,578,240 minutes
- 26,304 hours
- 1096 days
- 156 weeks and 4 days
I had no idea then, that 2019 would turn into something focused on healing in a different way. I didn’t know that half a year after going sober I would get so physically sick I couldn’t walk, and I’d pretty much forget about missing a drink. I just wanted to be well and function. Drinking was far from my mind. I thank God for giving me the courage and strength to take something out of my life that would have blurred this healing adventure I’m on. I would have probably blamed alcohol instead of illness or thought every symptom was that. But because I was clear-minded and sober, I was able to fight for my health. I was able to advocate for more answers. That saved my life. Having the 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 to take something “good” and “fun” away that no longer felt good or fun, is what being sober is for me. It is 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 and 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 when everyone else in the room is drinking. It’s 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐧𝐨. It’s putting in the 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 and 𝐟𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 to find other things to fill time with and other ways to 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐞 and 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞 myself.
You don’t have to be ashamed to not want to drink anymore, or ever. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘏𝘈𝘝𝘌 𝘛𝘖 𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢 𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘦, 𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘺, 𝘰𝘳 “𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘶𝘱”. You can be confident and inspire others to be sober. Inspire the Mom who is drinking a glass or bottle to get to bed and hates herself for it. Inspire the teacher with a flask at her desk. Inspire the preacher who is bombarded with the stress and weight of others. Inspire the teen who wants to take their life and thinks drinking is okay. Inspire others suffering.
If you have ever thought, “hmmm…maybe I should quit drinking so much…” you probably need to take a break or quit!
If the idea of taking alcohol out of your life for a month feels scary or impossible, you may need to quit!
If anxiously awaiting your days’ tasks to end so you can finally “relax” becomes a better habit than a workout, it may be time to quit!
THE GREAT NEWS IS that SOBER IS SEXY! Acceptance in the sober community is growing at a rapid pace as people want and learn to take control of their health and choices more than ever! USE THIS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE! Reach out to others walking similar roads and making similar choices and LET THEM lift you up and love you where you are!
There were broken, painful, tear-filled nights I wept on the bathroom floor and asked God to change my heart. But like anything, you need to be ready to do the work. For me, it was a massive beginning of new beginnings, twists and turns, and ultimately, what I needed to bring me to this exact place to share with others, meet incredible people and new friends, and inspire others in a way I once needed!
Please have hope! Please know you CAN take control of your life and change what your heart desires. Find me on social media to connect and reach out to someone you know!