Dry spells are not all bad. Although voluntary dry spells are better than involuntary, we can learn valuable lessons from abstinence.
Testing our willpower shows us our weaknesses. How long could you really go without it? Can you stand your ground even if you can see, feel, and smell the temptation?
There was a time when I had to have it multiple times a week, not because of need so much as of habit. If a guy was not willing to give it to me, I was even willing to pay for it myself!
So, in January, I decided to take one month off. I honestly thought I would only be able to last one week. Unless I locked myself in my house, I assumed the temptations would be too high, accessibility too easy, and my willpower too weak.
However, today marks three weeks of Cleo saying, “no, thank you” to what normally was an automatic, “yes.”
I have almost reached my goal of one month of no… alcohol!!
The best part of this whole experience is that I still know how to have a good time without the influence of delicious cocktails. Although I am looking forward to my next dirty martini, its reassuring to know that fun and drinking are not synonymous.
The other great things include:
1. I do a lot less things I regret the next day.
2. I do not experience hang overs, extreme dehydration, or feeling bloated.
3. I spend less money.
4. I am a cheaper date (not that I am going on any…).
5. My friends appreciate me being the DD.
The downsides are:
1. I crave wine.
2. It is more challenging to be social, especially around other people that are drinking.
3. I am eating more food to compensate.
4. I think some people are avoiding me because generally, water drinkers are not as much fun.
5. I do not feel as comfortable dancing as slutty as I would like.
All in all, I find it is important to challenge your habits and do something new. I am trying to think of my new endeavor, so if you have an idea for me, let me know!
one week until cheers,