We all count the days.
It’s not just folk like me, someone who has resolved to make a change a day at a time, who like to mark off the 24 hour milestones of another day done.
We all do it.
Why else would we need calendars? Sure, sometimes we might use ye ol’ Gregorian date keeping devices to ‘plan ahead’, but we also use ‘em just to keep track of what day it is. For me, today isn’t just Wednesday (the day before I have to put out the rubbish) though, today is also Day 62 of my year of living sober. And this means I have gone two whole ‘calendar’ months without a drop of alcohol.
Bring out the champagne!
Wait. That’s not going to help. Besides, it’s too early to celebrate. I’ve got another ten months ahead of me. Another ten months of not drinking booze in order to prove to myself I can break a (near) lifetime habit of drinking almost every week since I was fifteen—and almost every night for a year or so previous to embarking on my YOLS.
So, for the next ten months my calendar is very important to me; I love it. But in truth my fondness for calendar’s probably set-in last year.
In the run up to my early New Year’s resolution I published a post (on my other blog) lamenting the fact the 30 Rock desktop calendar was not available for 2012. I had enjoyed reading a snippet from the show every day and would have liked to continue into another year with the company of all the hilarious characters in Tina Fey’s brilliant comedy.
But it wasn’t to be.
Instead, in 2012 I have to make do with my own sense of humor, coming up with a new Little Booze Joke—as I do—every day for this blog. And I had to make my own calendar.
My calendar for 2012 is not a desktop one—more of a stick-it-up-on-your-wall one: all I did was combine two years onto a single page so I could cross off each day I didn’t—I don’t—drink. And that’s what I’ve been doing.
For 61 days.
Then it occurred to me how some of the readers of this blog might like a Year Of Living Sober calendar of their own. A few people have told me how they too are taking a year off booze this year. Other’s have expressed a desire to cut down a bit on The Drinking in 2012.
Maybe my little calendar could help keep track of all those sober days?
Even if you only mark off the odd booze-free-day, by the end of the year you can look back on all your little victories. And add them up. Perhaps your YOLS will spread out across a few years?
Anywho, if you’d like a FREE calendar (it’s a png file I can easily email you) just let me know HERE.
Little Booze Joke 61:
Just-any-old-arsehole walks into a bar and says, “Give me a glass of your best scotch,” and the barman says, “Sorry, we don’t serve Just-any-old-arsehole the best scotch.”