WINE: A DISTANT MEMORY
I gave up drinking on Christmas Day 2017. I am in my final year of my 30’s and as a challenge to myself, I made a vow not to have an alcoholic drink until my 40th birthday. Which is at the end of November 2018. And when that time comes, a nice little glass of Laurent Perrier Rose sil vous plait. But just the one. As this is all about regaining control.
Why? Well why not? I’ve been a social drinker for over 20 years. Which is more than half my life. The only breaks I’ve had from it were during my 2 pregnancies. On Christmas Day I had a nasty outbreak of hives which can only have been the alcohol. And for me that was a sign that my body needed a break. I also can suffer from psoriasis outbreaks every now and then. Mainly when I get a strep throat infection (twice in my life so far!) or when I am pregnant with baby girls! I had an outbreak in March 2017 and this time it wasn’t clearing up. I have since learned that autoimmune diseases are closely linked with liver function and immune system. I think the drinking was stopping my liver from working properly and my immune system wasn’t firing on all cylinders!
So I am doing this for my health. For my strength of mind. For my own little experiment. As at the end of the day, we are all just one walking, living, breathing experiment. And for just one year (at least), I want to see the world from a totally drink free perspective. Some people look at me as if I’m crazy when I tell them and think I won’t be able to do it. But for me that just spurs me on and gives me more control because of course I can do it! In fact it makes me want to succeed even more! But that’s the stubborn child in me. I never liked being told that I can’t do something. But that is what being empowered is all about.
I am at that point now where I really just don’t fancy or crave an alcoholic drink. Which is a really strange feeling. I have even weaned myself off alcohol free beer…! It takes 30 days to break a habit. And 90 to create a lifestyle… now I’m over the 100 day mark, I’ve created an alcohol free lifestyle.
Cheers! To all of you embracing sobriety in whatever way you choose. Be it 30 days, 90 days or forever. You have the power!
Be strong. Be powerful. Be brave.