Reflecting on One Year Sober
It is important to reflect on moments where we feel most proud. In January 2021, I was officially one year sober and these are some of my thoughts from that day on how a change in lifestyle changed my life for the better.
A few years ago, my life took a turn for the worse. By the end of 2017, my excessive drinking and unhealthy choices led me to develop severe health anxiety; by the turn of the new year, I had to drop out of school and was let go from a church singing job I had worked really hard to get. I was so disappointed in myself, and just when I least expected it, I suffered the loss of one of my closest friends. For much of that year, I was a broken person; but bit by bit, I picked up the pieces and started to build my life back up. I still made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I think it took figuring out other parts of my life to finally be ready to let go of alcohol.
I quit drinking because I had a problem. It’s as simple as that. Today I am a happier, healthier, and better version of myself and I’m pretty darn proud of all I’ve been able to accomplish since deciding to change my life. I’ve grown closer to my family and my friends, I’ve found a passion for exercise and wellbeing and I’ve found better confidence in my own abilities leading me to this very moment, one semester away from getting a double degree.
Along the way, some chalked my lifestyle decision up to just some fitness journey or asked me when I’d be finished detoxing so I could start partying again. But you know what? That’s okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but ultimately the only person who gets to define my sobriety and what it means is me.
Alcohol addiction is alive and well in this pandemic, folks. More people are consuming alcohol in isolation, increasing the risk that they might develop long-term dependencies. The best thing that we can do is break down the stigma of addiction one person at a time. The best way to do it is through empathy. Set a safe space. Be honest. Be open. And trust me, there is nothing stopping you from turning things around.
Here’s to many years to come. Have an absolutely phenomenal day.