Sunday, June 19, 2011

Being in a Bar and Having a Great Sober Time

I just spent 4 amazing days down at the Lake of the Ozarks at my condo with 2 of my best girlfriends. We spent time poolside, shopped, talked, ate at amazing restaurants ........and went to bars on the water at nite. I've been at this for a while and it doesn't bother me at all to be in a bar. If nothing else, it almost reaffirms my sobriety to me. I see so many people completely out of their minds drunk, doing things that EVERYONE notices - most likely things that they normally wouldn't do....some fall down, some weave back & forth as they walk to the bathroom and others are literally throwing up in the bathroom. I see that and it makes me proud to be a sober, happy person - it makes me proud that I can honestly be social, happy and outgoing without a drop of alcohol in my body.....it makes me proud that I can just be me :) One guy came up to talk to us and wanted to buy us a round of drinks and I said I would love a refill on my iced tea....the shocked look on his face was priceless! He could not get past the fact that I didn't drink - he was asking why, how do I do it, etc., etc. He was VERY concerned with WHY I didn't drink???? That coming from a very drunk guy - I was somewhat amused actually. I just told him that I choose not to drink and that I don't need to drink in order to have a good time and that I ALWAYS feel 100% the day after going out. He basically said "whatever". What was interesting, was that we ran into those same guys the next day at lunch and the guy with all the questions the nite before was looking REALLY rough. Of course I didn't walk over with an "I told you so" - I didn't need to.....I only worry about myself & my sobriety nowadays. His hangover pain was absolutely none of my business.

Was having a hard time with what to write about today, but the hubby reminded me I may have a story from my girls week - and this is what came to mind. I know not everyone can handle "bar life" in sobriety, but some can. I just wanted to share that it is possible and I don't think I've laughed as hard as I did this past week in a long time. It was nice to cut loose and not be drunk but to just be me.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Father's Day with family & friends. We just got home from Father's Day lunch and are now, of course, headed to the baseball park.

Hugs to All - Annette
Guest blogging for Em

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