Moving Right Along….

Holding steady here at 26-plus months of sobriety. Ticked off the last milestone on my list: a wedding. The only problem I encountered was having to wait until almost 8:30 for some kind of food to be put out at the reception, and avoiding some family members whom I don’t care for.

It was extra nice to not have to wait in a loooooong line for little tiny glasses of wine.

It was a wonderful evening – my entire little family was all there, sitting at the same table. I loved watching my sweet granddaughters play with each other.

We’ve had some more family stress since I wrote last. My son and his family were in an accident while riding in a Winnebago a few weeks ago. My son and daughter in law are both still dealing with aches and pains and bruises. Our older granddaughter suffered a broken collarbone; her little sister has a severe laceration on her face. They’re all lucky to be alive and I’m so, SO grateful that the injuries weren’t worse.

I had a mini-crisis at work, which caused me to struggle to get through every day without crying (and I’m not a cryer) – which I finally brought to the attention of my co-workers. The issues were addressed and resolved and I’m happy to go to work every day again.

And through it all, I realized that, again, drinking never occurred to me. It’s just not how I cope any more.

But here’s the thing: I’d been getting multiple daily emails about sobriety, and subscribed to a couple of sobriety podcasts. I had the realization the only time I thought about drinking was when it was brought to my attention….. And what I’ve discovered is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to read or listen to everything in my inbox.  Nor do I feel the need for the support.  It’s kind of like getting constant emails about how to care for a newborn – when you’ve got teenagers.  Just not relevant any more.

So I’ve unsubscribed from all of it and am enjoying the feeling of working without a net. Those emails were a lifeline for so long – but I’m solid in my sobriety.  I don’t ever see myself drinking, ever again. Life is too good to mess around with booze.

I’m still active in the private Facebook  group I belong to, although I tend to check in and ‘like’ and comment occasionally, rather than post often.  My life is happy and busy and overall, my problems are pretty minor, in the grand scheme of things.

So, friends….. My posts here are likely to become more and more infrequent, as the revelations that early sobriety brings have pretty much run their course. I’ve no plans to shut down my blog, but I’ll only be posting things I think will be helpful or resonant with you guys.

Take good care; talk to you later!

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5 thoughts on “Moving Right Along….

  1. How wonderful to read and how hopeful to us lot not as far along the road. I found that now (6 months in) that if I read too many blogs I start THINKING about drinking, bizarre but true. I check in here and there but like you don’t think about it until something makes me think “oh I didn’t think about drinking today” in a surprised voice.
    Favourite line is “it’s like getting constant emails about how to raise a newborn when you have teenagers”
    Happy to hear that despite challenges your life is going along well.

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  2. I understand exactly how you feel. It’s why I stopped going to AA meetings in the past. The only time I was thinking about drinking was in the meeting! I understand their worth for some people, and it’s always there if you want to go back, but it became less and less relevant.

    Congratulations on your “graduation.” ; )

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  3. Well I’ll miss hearing from you, what a great post. All about the satisfaction of living sober. Sorry to hear about your troubles, specially that son and his family. Hope everybody will be OK. I do the Facebook thing too. You can always find me on there. Well not always.

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