Self Care: drink yourself silly

This is so good. “True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.”

I've been met with interesting opinions this past year since I've stopped drinking, the most popular of which is people feeling sorry for me that I “can't”. Let me be clear, I do not feel like I'm missing out. Quite the contrary. I can actually be fully present and enjoy experiences that I used to forget, and manage situations that used to be very difficult. I don't feel even slightly uncomfortable around people who drink, yet, I find many people who are uncomfortable with my choice to NOT drink. So here's my question: If your life is so wonderful, why would you need to numb yourself out from it? And if it's not wonderful, why aren't you fixing it? Like, ACTUALLY fixing it, not just procrastinating, or making excuses, or looking for answers on fake sick days, or in relationships, or in bubble baths, or in a bag of oreos, or at the bottom of a wine bottle. Trust me, I've looked in all of those places! #ItAintThere

For me, It's not just about choosing to stop putting poison in my body every day, it's about loving myself enough to not need to “take the edge off”. #SoberAF #SelfCare101 #FixYourOwnShit #MinesAllGood

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