One Year with out Alcohol. Whelp, that went by fast…
There were no big slip ups or falls off the wagon. No real side effects or feelings of being left out socially. The most amazing thing, and I am not just trying to be hyperbolic, was that I can remember my year quite vividly. Not having a hangover for a year was very refreshing and something that, after the year was over, I dreaded. I dreaded getting back into drinking, because I really do enjoy a lot about it, but I honestly enjoyed my life with out it more.
What I did learn was that I didn’t need it and now when I go out, it’s almost easier to just not have a drink. It is also a whole hell of a lot cheaper to bag the alcohol and stick to something else.
In hindsight, what I realized was that I was probably the most productive and creative that I have ever been. I prepped and performed for my senior recital and then wrote my first album and started recording it that fall. I’ve been trying to practice “self control” and that has been a very interesting process.
Although, and this has been quite the topic in our friend group, looking back and reading this I might be able to convince myself that I am better with out it.