As I congratulate myself on 21 days sober, and we embark on the end of the world as we know it, I ask myself – well, shit… why try to do this now? Isn’t the end of the world the absolute BEST time to live it up, get sauced, and throw caution to the wind? Shit. Now or never, right?
Well… Yes and no. Depends on how you look at it.
On the one hand, yes. A glass (read: bottle) of red wine would be lovely to wind down from the day of worry over my job (Will I need to take off work? Can I afford that? Is my company in jeopardy?), the state of my 401k and investments (dwindling), my still impending divorce (looming), and whether my stockpile of toilet paper is big enough (probably not) …
However, on the other hand, if this is a real crisis, which I suspect it is – then a clear, level head is exactly what is required. I can think of no better reason to be sober than my family may need me to make preparations and decisions in their best interest. I definitely think more clearly now than I did just a month ago – of this I am certain. In addition to that, I am healthier when less pickled, giving my liver, gut, and immune system a chance to work better. With this in mind, I wish had become sober sooner. From a fiscal perspective, saving money on wine/beer (which would definitely be considered a “non-essential”), frees up my finances for more important things – like that ever growing stockpile of toilet paper.
In all seriousness, take care of yourselves. Take care of your friends and family. Take care of your neighbors. We are literally all in this together. If we work together, look out for each other, and not try and take advantage of each other, things will get better.
I wish you and your family good health.