Spent the weekend in the big smoke with friends we don’t see often. Drinking has always been a big part of our time together so I’d warned them ahead of time that I was on the wagon via text so the shock wouldn’t be too much. I knew I’d be “enthusiastically encouraged” to drink as Kate* is a very big drinker, as is her husband William*. Mind you, I’m not about to crack on day 80 something for people I don’t see that often, so I wasn’t too concerned about any pressure.
Kate greeted us at the door, glass of red in hand and “Here are the teetotallers”. Hmmm, might be a long couple of days I thought to myself. Our not drinking was the topic du jour for almost the entire time we were together. Kate seemed keen to know the ins and outs (I kept it at “It’s an internet challenge”, while I love her dearly, she does love to share juicy information with others and I don’t need my reasons out IRL!).
Around midnight Saturday after a couple of bottles of bubbles, the best part of a bottle of red** and sharing some very unsound taxation advice, Kate came out with “I just can’t face not drinking forever”. She seemed genuinely sad and worried about her drinking and I’m now worried for her. I didn’t judge, hell, who I am I to anyway? Three months ago I’d probably been having the same conversation, the only difference is that I’d be two bottles of bubbles in myself! Instead I shared some of the blogs and the benefits that I was seeing from the time off and encouraged her gently to go for it if she wanted to.
I’ve come away from the experience wondering if I could do more to help. I’ve sent the links I said I would and offered to do the 100 days with her – no issue for me, I’m going to do them anyway. I’ll wait and see if she decides to go that way and I’ll help in anyway I can.
FYI, I’ve all but decided that I’ll continue through until at least 1st Jan 2019 and really, if I can do that, then it’s only another 4 months to the year… got to be worth it right?
Oh, and 85 days of Belles 100 Day Challenge today… should be working, blogging here instead, somethings haven’t changed! LOL
*Not Kate’s or Williams real names.
** Kate had consumed, not me, I was good I promise!