Sober Saturday: Week Ten

This past week I celebrated two months of sobriety. How did I celebrate, you ask? I went to the club.

Yep, you read that right. I got all dressed up, put on a full face of makeup, hit downtown, and went dancing with a friend. While she sipped her beer, I sipped a Sprite. And while most would expect me to feel a little out of place, I felt completely fine. Surrounded by alcohol, I had no desire to drink.

See, the thing about being sober around drunk people in a club is… they don’t know you’re sober. They don’t care how you look or if your dance moves look like something out of Napoleon Dynamite. They don’t know the bubbly beverage in your hand doesn’t have vodka in it and even if they did, they wouldn’t care. In fact, they probably won’t even remember by tomorrow.

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Being sober around drunk people is a whole lot of fun. Not only are you not missing out on the loud music and the dancing, but you’ll remember every second of it. You won’t wake up sick to your stomach with the room spinning around you. More than that, it’s a much safer alternative to stumbling around town drunk. You’re totally aware of your surroundings, totally in control of your mind and body. It’s a very settling feeling.

In the past few weeks, I’ve discussed how much more ~feeling~ I’ve been doing. I haven’t been numbing the pain of heartbreak or the discomfort of confrontational situations. This week, I also learned that being sober means I get to feel fun to the fullest extent. Sure, I’m challenged with being comfortable with myself in a crowd of beautiful strangers, but that in itself is a freeing experience. A very confidence inspiring way to spend a weekend if you ask me.

So, to anyone that worries they won’t have fun if they stop drinking, I assure you that isn’t the case. In fact, I can guarantee you’ll enjoy life’s fun moments much more than you ever could with alcohol. Go ahead. Give it a try!

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2 thoughts on “Sober Saturday: Week Ten

  1. Your post is interesting because I’m in the process of writing one about how DIFFICULT it is to in bars and clubs around people who drink, haha. Not because it makes me want to drink, but because they always ask me why I’m not drinking. Maybe there’s a difference in expectations for men and women?

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    1. I think it’s different for everyone. I’m aware that some people don’t have the support system I do. Some people are more susceptible to outside suggestion or care more about the expectations of others. I’m very happy with and confident in my choice not to drink, but I understand some are not. I don’t think it’s a gender thing at all, as some of my female friends feel the way you do. I think it’s more of an individual mindset thing. Different people, different experiences. I hope it gets easier for you!

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