Today marks the start of my 100 Day FADFOY countdown.
One hundred days from now, when my twelve-month-long temporary teetotaling time comes to an end, I will acknowledge achieving my goal of having a year off booze by celebrating my ‘FADFOY’, my First Alcoholic Drink For One Year.
“Woah there, Ben. Hang on a minute. Are you sure you want to do that? After all you’ve lasted a year without a drink, why not keep the sober going?”
Well, in answering the voice of my conscience, the part of me who argues along the same lines of more than a few YOLS blog and twitter friends and followers, I have to say this: I will drink again because…
I’m a man of my word.
And it’s that simple really. I started with the goal of going one year without drinking any alcohol—and that is what I will do. On 11/11/2012 I will reach my goal and, whatever the future brings after that day, I’ve decided to mark the occasion with some tipple.
It’ll be my first drink in a year!
“What alcoholic drink will you choose? Beer? Wine? A spirit?”
“How much will you drink? A can? A bottle? A shot?”
“Aren’t you worried you’ll go back to your old habits?”
Well to answer those three ‘in-good-conscience’ questions: “Not sure. Not sure. And No.”
“Well then smarty pants, how can you be sure you won’t go back to your old habits?”
Again—because I’m a man of my word. I’ve found once I truly decide to do something I do it. And if my YOLS has taught me anything else (so far) it’s that I get more done when I drink less.
like love getting things done.
I love writing more; I love starting my writing day before anyone else in the house is up; I love being able to juggle a few projects at various stages of writing development without feeling overwhelmed by any single project, and to still have mental room for more ideas which invariably make there way into my notebook or a computer digital draft.
Besides, I’ve also learnt to appreciate an unsung benefit of drinking less alcohol: less frequent trips to the toilets when dining out with my wife. What’s more my wife told me she actually “loves” not being left alone at the table as often—while I trip to the loo (my darling)—too.
So, despite my appreciation for the benefits of a clear mind and unburdened bladder I will be having at least one drink to celebrate my FADFOY (on 11/11/2012) but I won’t be going back to drinking every day.
Hopefully. Though, you never know. After all…
Today is Day 267 of my year of living sober.
Little Booze Joke
A Screaming Orgasm walks into a bar and the bartender cries, “Yes!”