Six

I thought about not writing anything for this particular milestone.

I wondered if there would be value in it, and for whom.

Maybe I'm saying the same thing every year.

Then I realized, none of that matters. This is for me. 

That being said, maybe one person looks it over and decides to take stock of their situation. Maybe not, but knowing it could benefit someone is a bonus. 

I found myself tuning in for a little bit of the college football playoff game on Monday night, and it occurred to me that the last time Ohio State played in the game was the worst best night of my life. Six long years ago.

Naturally, there was reflection. I didn't pay much attention to the game. 

I've got other posts on the details, there isn't need to rehash them. The short version is I'd convinced myself again that drinking wasn't a problem for me, and I was wrong. It nearly killed me that night. Worse, it nearly killed someone else. Had circumstances been just a little different in any number of ways I would be writing this from prison, or not at all. It's that ever present consideration that I carry with me every day, and I feel lucky to have it. I am lucky to have it.

January is often a month people take stock in their habits with many things, drinking often being one of them. Dry January has gained influencer popularity, in the same way juice detoxes, and cleanses have in the past. It's become a marketing tool, and lost a bit of its sincerity. It is however, still very important. There is never a bad time to reassess any relationship you have in life, including the one you might have with alcohol. If its hard for you to give something up for a month you might be well served to give it up longer. The benefit of that marketing is that some the taboo of not drinking is wearing off. There are more options out there for those that choose not to imbibe then ever before. 

I'm not here to preach or pass judgement, your business is not mine. I just find a bit of comfort in sharing my experiences and the lessons I have learned. More than once in the past people have reached out to say it helped them a bit. I’m glad for that.

Last year, and the first bits of this one have been a hell of a challenge for many. The pandemic, the politics, the uncertainty
of it all has impacted all of us in one way or another. I'd imagine trying to quit anything right now would be really tough, so don't be so hard on yourself. Allow yourself to fail, and know that you will succeed soon enough. So if you are trying to quit something, or thinking about it, maybe that is helpful. Booze, or otherwise, the path is often the same. 

At the end of the day, failures are just milestones on the way to your goals. Pins on a map to the place you are trying to go, sometimes you get rerouted, distracted, or lost. Step back, lean on the support you have around you, or build it up. Then get back out and start moving again towards your destination. Whatever you are trying to do, cut yourself some slack. There are lessons in the margins if you look for them. 

Lastly, be kind to yourself and know that you are not alone. 

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