What is the history of the YOLS Calendar? Well, as the embarrassed bridegroom said to the relieved virginal bride, “It’s not a long one.”
But, however short its history, the YOLS calendar does the job. And that job is to provide any fellow dipsomaniacs taking to a year off booze with a little extra motivation.
Even if the self-confessed big drinkers are only going for a month of living sober (MOLS), or a week of living sober (WOLS), by giving them (me/us) a visual representation of their (my/our) accumulated soberdays, the YOLS calendar is designed to spur them (me/us/everyone) on.
“YOLS? Soberdays? What is this language of made up words? Dipsomaniac? What the hell is that?”
Well, if it’s your first time to the Year of Living Sober (YOLS) blog (and even if it’s not, dear regular reader), let me give you the run down to not only the history of the YOLS calendar but the history of Year of Living Sober too.
In point form it goes like this (N.B. ‘Man’ is me)
Brief ‘Year of Living Sober’ History
- Man decides he drinks too much alcohol too regularly and chooses to take a break for a whole year to make sure he can live happily without booze.
- When man commits to what he decides to call his ‘Year of Living Sober’ he starts a blog to keep track of anything interesting he learns (like the fact a dipsomaniac is a type of alcoholic who craves alcohol intermittently).
- At some point man designs an A4 dual-year calendar which he begins using to mark off (with a pink highlighter) each ‘soberday’ (like a Saturday but without a trip to the bottle shop/liquor store/pub/father-in-law’s Polish dessert wine cabinet).
- Man gets lots of positive feedback from big drinkers like him who DO NOT identify as capital A Alcoholics but DO think they could do with drinking a bit less booze (and maybe agree they too could possibly be a ‘Dipsomaniac’—as long as said ‘label’ doesn’t mean they are the type of person who would double-entry a corn-chip into guacamole after taking a bite).
- Man offers YOLS calendar to others (on Day 62 of YOLS) for free and is pleasantly surprised when others take him up on offer.
- Man feels less alone in his dipsomaniac journey and glad to be of some service to his fellow man and woman (actually, so far, slightly more woman than men have requested YOLS calendars).
- After a few months of distributing original design YOLS calendar man decides to update YOLS calendar with small design improvements because he understands little things can make a big difference (which is something, however, the virginal bride is still debating).
So there you have it. A brief (ish) history of the YOLS calendar. If you’d like one please email me by using the email form HERE. Alternatively leave a comment on this post and I’ll send the YOLS calendar jpeg to the connected email.
Today is Day 263 of my year of living sober.
Little Booze Joke
A woman walks into a bar and tells the barman she’s desperate for a White Russian and the barman says, “Nice to meet you. My name’s Ivan Aryan.”
PS. This blog was recently voted one of the ‘Top 20 Excellent Alcohol Addiction Resources’ by a top USA health org on the same day yours truly was quoted in an article on alternative alcohol behaviour for the Sydney Morning Herald (and syndicated to all the major newspapers around Australia).
PSS. Just saying is all.