“Oh, you’re so boring!”
“What???,” I say kind of perplexed and irritated all rolled into one.
Yes, as I sit here happily home alone on New Year’s Eve 2018–soon to ring in Serene 2019–if I had a dollar for every time someone has called me boring during the last 323 days I would have a nice stash of fun money.
Tell someone you don’t eat broccoli or gluten or meat or snails–well, that is A-Okay. But heaven forbid I tell someone I’m not drinking alcohol for a year (maybe more…well, maybe for forever) and I seem to spark a revolt.
Just five minutes ago I read an article in the Washington Post telling a tragic story of three young children who were killed yesterday in a car accident with their parents. Hit by a drunk driver while they were innocently stopped at a red light. And then there was the recent article in USA Today conveying that deaths due to alcohol are on the rise for women. Oh, and then there are the realities of disrupted sleep, depression, fuzzy thinking and weight gain. All pinpoint-proven to this thing called booze.
Boring? Me? Are you kidding? I absolutely feel as if, after all these years of seeking, I have found the secret sauce to living an amazing life.
You know what I find absolutely boring these days? Being around tipsy or buzzed people (ahem, I used to be one of them so no judgement here).
Now that I’ve taken a break from alcohol for almost eleven months, I feel happier than I have in ages. My decision-making abilities and critical thinking are so much better. I sleep great. I’ve saved tons of money. I have an inner sense of calm confidence. Things that used to ruffle my feathers hardly get a rise out of me. And I no longer hang around people just for the sake of having a drink together. Rather, I spend more time with truly authentic people and I value more authentic time with myself.
So on this New Year’s Eve I am so, so proud of myself and am completely enamored with my fellow challenge group members from One Year No Beer. I highly, highly recommend that anyone who drinks alcohol–and who believes it gives them a better life–sign up to do a 90-day booze-free challenge and see what unfolds.
So tonight I raise a glass of sparking water to me, myself and I. The three of us are having the best time together.
Cheers and love,