This week, it was my birthday. It was my first birthday since… I don’t know when… probably since I was an early teen… that I celebrated it alcohol free.
You know how people think it’s imperative to celebrate / commiserate with booze? I was one of those people. Because that’s what the majority of Kiwis grew / grow up with. I grew up seeing adults drinking booze at birthday parties. You know, kegs in your 20’s, champagne at weddings and a yardie (or 21 shots) on 21st birthdays. Pretty tragic that I grew up thinking I could only have fun and celebrate with a drink in my hand.
Anyway, I followed in the typical Kiwi boozer footsteps. But rather than retaining a restrained pace, I started drinking more, ever so gradually, over these last few years. The inevitable train wreck was comming at me faster and faster, so I threw myself off before the momentum got too out of control.
I threw myself off that train almost a year ago.
Anyway, this was my first birthday as an adult that I didn’t get shitfaced. I was actually pretty nervous. But you know what? It was one of THE best birthdays ever!!! It was the incredible humans that I had the privilege of spending my evening with that made my day. I love these people. They love me for who I am and they respect that I’m no longer one of the hard drinkers in the group. They are part of my new tribe. Sure some of them were drinking and that didn’t actually bother me which I found interesting. But the vast majority weren’t drinking. And we had SUCH a great time!
What I also loved was waking up the morning after to a bright, glorious summers morning WITHOUT A HANGOVER!!! What a novelty.
As a wise friend observed today at lunch, I’m not sure I could have gotten through the birthday if I was only a month or so into this alcohol free ‘thing’. I would have been too weak. But now I am stronger. And I’m not sure if I could have gotten through without having read all the information I’d read (I believe knowledge is power). Some close friends and my rockstar partner were also key. As were you and your blogs, here on WordPress.
Welcome to the new and improved me. Thank you for reading 🤗