For a lot of people, today will be their first day sober. You could say, for them, today will be ‘Soberday One’. And on this Soberday One someone, somewhere in the world will make a resolve to give up drinking:
for a day
for a week
for a month (Month of Living Sober=MOLS)
for a year (Year of Living Sober=YOLS)
And maybe even…drum roll please…
…for a lifetime! (a lifetime of living sober=saving a truckload of cash, brain cells, and face: you’ll never have to say you’re sorry for throwing up in the back of a taxi again.)
It all starts today—the first day sober.
And though for others their life of either temporary or permanent teetotalism will start tomorrow, or next week maybe, whenever they do begin, they too will start a new life with Soberday One.
There’s no other way except one sober day at a time.
While ‘#soberday’ is one of the main hashtag handles I currently use to hook up with other Teetotaller (both temporary and permanent) Tweeters, however you refer to the first day of a sober life—and whether you are simply a big drinker taking a break, or an alcoholic finally committing to a booze-free life—the one thing connecting everyone who’s made a decision to accept their habit of alcohol consumption and make a go at changing it is: we all do it one sober day at a time.
Depending on our personal situation and personality we might be aiming for a week, a month, a year—or more—free from alcohol, but we all get to our goal one soberday after the next.
And why shouldn’t we encourage each other? No matter our various motivations for abstaining, or how long we’re each off the juice? After all, for one day at least, we’re all in the same booze-free boat.
Though I’ve never been to a 12-step meeting, from what I’ve heard, read and seen (Hollywood can be educative) I gather the idea you should focus only on the present is a big part of AA’s method of dealing with what could otherwise be an overwhelming thought of NEVER DRINKING AGAIN!
For myself, that concept is too much at the moment. I can handle the idea of a year of living sober alright but contemplating NEVER DRINKING AGAIN sends me into all caps terror.
“BUT I LOVE DRINKING!”
“HOW WILL I CELEBRATE MY FOOTBALL TEAM WINNING?”
“WHAT IF I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING INAPPROPRIATE AND NEED AN EXCUSE?”
As challenging as the thought of giving up booze forever is however, there is another thought which makes it a bit easier to contemplate:
I’m not alone.
Today marks the day when a whole bunch of regular folk—some younger, some older, but, in that they normally enjoy a drink or three, all just like me—are ‘trying on’ a life without any alcohol.
Especially Down Under.
As of today (1st of July), and for the next 31 days, many of us Antipodeans will be passing on the liquor. Pub-loads of people who’ve signed up to Dry July begin a month without drinking any alcohol: today they begin one month sober.
So, to all you Dry July-ers, may I wish you…
“Happy Soberday One!”
And while I am not officially part of Dry July (or either of the similar groups, Febfast and Hello Sunday Morning) I definitely share a close kinship with fellow alcohol lovers who partake in Temporary Teetotalism—periods of alcohol abstinence with increased mental, physical and spiritual health as the main goals.
I too have had my Soberday One.
Now, having gone 233 days without a drink, I’m looking forward to hearing from other former drinkers about how they’re going on their #MOLS (Month of Living Sober). If you’re doing Dry July I’d love to hear from you (either via a comment on this blog or send me an email). And I’ll be Twittering like a mad Twitterer (are there any other kind?) through all July.
And beyond. After Dry July it’s still three more months dry for me! I’m on my YOLS until 11/11/2012.
Today is Day 234 of my Year of Living Sober.
Little Booze Joke
A black sheep walks into a bar bar.
How about you? Have you ever had a month off the booze? Was your ‘Soberday One’ a long time ago? Love to get your comment.