A Mixed Bag

I have been a bit stressed out this holiday season, but I am holding tightly onto my sobriety. We have had two attempted break-ins (TWO! WTF!), family visiting, a teething and non-sleeping baby, etc. It has been tempting to look for answers in the booze, but I keep hearing over and over that they are not to be found there, and I believe it. How would being drunk help any of those things? It wouldn’t, and it would probably make them all worse. I am struggling with how to have fun without it, though. I know, I know…it wasn’t really “fun” anyway, but it made the boredom and bad feelings a lot more fuzzy, while everything is so crystal clear and sharp now. Drinking made me less present so I didn’t notice how little fun I was actually having. I mean, often I didn’t remember ANYTHING after drinking for more than a few hours, so I had no idea whether I had fun or not.

Well…that pretty much ruins my thoughts romanticizing the drink. I absolutely HATED waking up not remembering anything, and now that never happens. One huge point for sobriety.

Early sobriety is a little like limbo. I am not yet comfortable being sober all the time, but I no longer want to be drunk. Or be a drunk, I suppose, because sometimes I do think it would be nice to be drunk for a few hours. Then I quickly think through the drink and…nope. I don’t want that life. So…patience is key. It gets easier in tiny increments and sometimes it goes two steps forward one step back. Progress feels slower around the holidays when everyone seems to be imbibing, and all sorts of unpleasant feelings come out to play for a whole bunch of reasons.

I am taking plenty of deep breaths. The end of the holidays is near. New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and I have limited my plans to the bare minimum, as I have done with every other major event this year. Kinda lame, maybe, but I am still too shaky to put myself in precarious situations with lots of alcohol. Maybe after a year or two…if I even want to be in those situations by then.

I will continue to make big plans for my sobriety, and my life, and then take it one day at a time. It is a mixed bag sometimes, but it is my bag and I am gonna focus on the good stuff as much as I can. I am opening my heart more and locking my doors tighter. Wishing you all a wonderful and happy New Year.

10 thoughts on “A Mixed Bag

  1. Oh Jen – two attempted break-ins? WTF indeed! I think your plans for tomorrow sound far from lame. We aren’t doing anything too rock and roll either – tuna pasta bake & salad with two other families, a few fireworks for the kids and then bed before 10.30 probably. I like it this way & hope you have a lovely evening with a sleeping baby ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Sounds nice! I need to reframe my idea of “lame” anyway. I guess I was the ultimate NYE party girl for so long it is hard to see myself in a different way. It was one night where a lot of the world got as drunk as me! Ha. This is better, though. Low key, no danger. I like it. Happy New Year Lucy! xx

  2. “It is a mixed bag sometimes, but it is my bag and I am gonna focus on the good stuff as much as I can.”

    Love, love, love this.

    Reminds me of Jewel’s song, “Hands.”
    “My hands are small, but they’re not yours, they are my own.
    And I am never broken.”

    Happy New Sober Year, Jen,

  3. That is a lot to cope with but we don’t drink our lives away anymore…we live and feel them. If that means a lame, quiet, low key NYE then I’m up for that!
    Doing it our way for a change,
    Enjoy, hope things get better soon.

    • Yes, yes and yes! Doing it OUR way is the best. ๐Ÿ™‚ NYE is taking on a whole new meaning anyway. It seems like less of a big deal when you are already working hard everyday to make positive changes in your life. I don’t need to detox and start anew…I like my life!! Plus I am in great company with people like you! xxx

  4. Limbo…that is an excellent representation of what early sobriety is! You know…like the old saying too young for boys too old for toys.

    But you are so wise and handling it so well. Limit those times that make you uncomfortable until they don’t anymore…if ever. I still stay away from New Years parties. Frankly I find them a bore.

    Anyway…HAPPY NEW YEAR Jen! Cheers to 2014!


    • Aw, thank you for your kind words Sherry. I am looking forward to a quiet night at home. No need to make myself uncomfortable if I don’t have to. Happy New Year to you. I am SO looking forward to 2014 and all that it will bring. ๐Ÿ™‚

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