We’ve all had that reaction at some stage over the years. I’ll never forget the time way back, probably in the 70’s, when I didn’t drink for a few months after having suffered one horrific hangover. The incredulity and slagging I had to endure was mind-blowing. Some people just could not accept it as a choice that could be made by an intelligent human being. I think they felt threatened by it. Or perhaps it shone a light in their heads. I don’t know. Then again we were all in our 20’s then.
In fairness it’s different now. Apart from the fact that we are all so much older and supposedly more mature, people in general are more accepting and understanding of others not drinking on a given occasion, or cutting down, or taking a break, or giving up altogether. I think we are more conscious of the health implications of drinking beyond the ” recommended limit ” and consequently tend to support people who make the effort to lead healthier lives. This of course is not just confined to issues surrounding alcohol but also in a big way smoking, not to mention diet and exercise. Yes, we applaud those who are getting a grip on themselves and putting in the, sometimes very difficult, effort. I must say knowing that there are thousands of others round about changing aspects of their lives helps me immensely. Some I know personally. Others I’ve read about or seen on TV, some famous,some not so. Personalities and Joe Soaps. You just feel that you are a part of something. It helps.
So anyway, to get back to me ! Last night was ticked off fine. There was a period of time before dinner when I felt under a little pressure by the lack of alcohol but that didn’t last beyond the first mouthful of food. Viv’s sister has a theory that there is a period in every day when the thought of sitting down with a glass of wine or beer is particularly appealing. You know, that time when the day’s work is more than likely done and it is time to sit and relax. That is the chunk of time that has to be gotten through. It might not last very long, perhaps as little as half an hour, but it has to be endured nonetheless. Once safely navigated, it’s all plain sailing.
I had a great night’s sleep and awoke nicely refreshed for the first time in a long while. I had that few minutes of self-congratulatory celebration that another morning beckoned without the after effects of even one drink. It feels good that feeling. It doesn’t last all day of course as I have plenty of other things to be getting on with, but it is a good way to start a day.
That brings to mind a song I’ve always loved: ” Sunday Morning Coming Down ” by the great Kris Kristofferson.
Best of luck with your day, whatever or wherever that day may be 🙂