So I did it. I made it through my 28 days to raise money for cancer without a drop of alcohol. It wasn’t that hard. In fact, I am quite happy to say that today, March 5th, I am still not drinking, and really don’t see a purpose in doing so.
Last night was my first “social” outing since my “dry” month and everyone was, as to be expected, drinking. I didn’t and really didn’t feel left out what so ever. We went axe throwing, which was quite therapeutic after a difficult day with some trying customers.
I am now trying to figure out another “month” of abstinence for something else. I am considering television. I would say my cellphone, but it is my only mode of communication and a tool for work as well. So I am going to try the abstinence of the TV for a month.
What I learned during my dry month was that it was incredibly freeing. Small things you wouldn’t usually consider would come to mind. Like the evening I thought of going to buy shower curtains to cover my couch so that my cats don’t mess on it and ruin it. It was 7 p.m. On a normal night, I would have had my glass of wine with dinner, and my following “relaxation” glass. So there was no driving. This particular night I sat and thought “I’ll pick that up tomorrow”, followed by a tiny voice saying “you can do that now!!” And I realized that what once imprisoned me in my own home for going drivable distances was removed and I was free to go anywhere at any time.
My desire to go out “for a drink and snack” were completely curbed. I saved on dining out, but spent more on groceries, because I am enjoying cooking again and eating healthy. My budget for the wine, however, hasn’t changed much, as I am enjoying my non-alcoholic wine, and that is not cheap. Strange though. If they are so encouraging sobriety, you would think they would sell these beverages at a reasonable price. Having said that, my MADD wine is also a donation towards the (Mad) Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
My energy level is so much higher, I can’t even sleep in in the morning. I have to be up and about doing things I enjoy, and I even got a gym membership and have being going, although not on a set schedule, a very regular basis. When not there, I do a small work out from home, just because I am enjoying it.
Work seems to be much more enjoyable as well. I have always liked my job, as it is active and it is about helping people, but lately I am liking it even more. Some of that excitement also comes from books I have been reading that are opening up my eyes to a new way of thinking.
Life is exciting me more these days. Maybe it’s time to pull out my paint set again. I have already been playing around with new sketches of my cartoon character, who has laid dormant for a few years.
Here is to new beginnings, thanks to my niece who asked me to join in on the fundraiser. Who knew it would have this impact on me?
Just a note: The campaign is going on until the end of March in donation collections. If anyone would like to donate to this cause, you can do so by clicking on this link. I was amazed to find out that just over 2000 people participated and they raised $120,000. I am at $25 (my own donation) at this time. I am okay with that too. It was worth every penny. 🙂 DryFeb Cancer Fundraising Donations Link