When I first considered sobriety, one of the biggest questions I asked myself was "what do you do if you don't drink?"
So much of my personality was tied in with booze, it felt like there wasn't a lot I could do if it wasn't in a bar, pub, club, or with a bottle in my hand. I felt worried and scared. I also felt like no one would like me.
Within months of my sober journey starting, I realised there are so many things you can do if you don't drink!
I climb mountains.
I go for brunch.
I go to gigs.
I take lots of pictures.
I book festival tickets and still get just as excited about them.
I keep promises that I make to myself and to others.
I listen to books.
I go for walks.
I spend some nights at the front of a huge crowd, listening to my favourite drum and bass DJ’s, dancing until 4am.
I call my friends and I tell them that I miss them and that they inspire me.
I tease my niece and nephew about their current girlfriend/boyfriend.
I start sober communities.
I bask in beer gardens and laugh with my friends and family.
I laugh with my friends' children and twirl them around when the Greatest Showman is on.
I treat myself to overpriced milkshakes.
I watch comedians.
I go to the theatre.
I go on city breaks.
Dear Past Self, do you have any more stupid questions?
Sobriety and attending events sober can feel scary, but I promise that it gets easier with time.
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