I was at an event recently where one of the speakers said something that I’ve been thinking about ever since.
She said, “If you choose the easy path, life will end up being hard for you. If you choose the hard path, life will wind up easy.”
I can’t stop thinking about how perfectly this sums up the choice to drink or not drink. Drinking seems like the easy option when you’re pouring that first glass: but actually, drinking is hard – it’s the tough choice.
If you’re tempted to drink tonight, watch this video first…
Drinking is hard – it’s the difficult choice
Cracking open a bottle might seem easy in the moment, but feeling hungover is hard. Feeling disappointed in yourself is hard. Letting other people down is hard. Not being able to fully participate in your life is hard. Never having the energy or headspace to change your life – that’s also hard.
Sobriety gets a bad rap
Culturally we have this story about sobriety being very hard, full stop. The truth is, it’s hard in the beginning. It does require work to do something different, change a pattern, let a craving pass, figure out another way to meet your needs. That requires effort, of course. But it’s not like that forever.
A sober life is an easy life
I look back on my drinking days and I can see now how hard I made things for myself! I don’t think I’m cut out for that anymore. Kudos to you if you are drinking and still keeping life going and your head above water: that takes some work! If you can do that, you can absolutely figure out how to quit.
Next time you’re tempted to drink…
Ask yourself: “Do I want this hard glass of wine?” Or the 24 hours that begin as soon as you open the bottle? Are you really up for that? We have to break this association between wine and self-care, wine and looking after yourself. Drinking is hard, it’s the painful choice.
Focus on this
Why is sobriety the easy choice? Start writing a list of reasons. The chances are, you spend a lot of time thinking about why it’s so hard, but not much time talking up the other side of this. Scroll down and let me know in the comments – why is alcohol-free living the EASY choice in the long term? Let’s get a great list going here!