Do you remember the time when Thursday Quotables was an actual thing that I posted every week? I don’t blame you. It has been a while, BUT things have changed. And recently I read The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober that is full of quotes I want to share with you all.
“Our thinking about drinking, as a society, is wonky. Drinking is not inevitable. Or compulsory. We don’t need a doctor’s note to excuse us from swan-diving into wine. We don’t have to be driving to say ‘no ta’. “
I agree with this so much! Something I noticed more after “going sober for the time being” end of June. Must admit that I’ve had to use the “I’m driving” to get away with being able to say no to a drink. Sometimes offers to spend the night were made to make me drink. (I was strong and didn’t!)
“The thing with lying to everyone, to varying degrees? No one ever truly knows you. Which is a really lonely place to be.”
That’s just sad, isn’t it. Luckily I don’t feel like I’ve had to ever lie to anyone about my drinking. I have never been the type to hide bottles in the bathroom or pop out for a walk only to down a bottle of something from the corner shop. I do feel I’ve lied to myself in the recent months, and that is also pretty bad. No more, I say!
“When you no longer need approval from others like the air you breathe, the possibilities in life are endless.”
Just loved this. It’s inspiring. Just do you.
“Sobriety deserves a medal, not a stigma” – Annie Grace.
Self-explanatory. Celebrate those who decide to go sober for their own reasons. (You can still be a drinker at the same time you celebrate others who don’t, if you so wish 🙂 No judgements here!)
And my personal favourite:
“Don’t choose happy hour. You deserve bigger than that. Choose a happy-ever-after instead.”
Do more of what makes you happy. It’s really as simple as that.
You can read more about The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray right here– how it made me take a deeper look at myself and face a few of my own demons, but offered comfort and inspiration at the same time!
Hope you are all doing well! Stay safe and healthy.