Sober Birthday

I had a birthday recently. My first sober birthday. I did not blog about it that day in attempt for my identity to remain a secret. Might sound paranoid but I am always worried someone I know will stumble upon this blog.

It was nice. I spent the day in a museum. For dinner, I went to a restaurant with a pharmacy theme. They had a couple of non-alcoholic specialty drinks.
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I had the paracetamol. It was nice. Made it feel like a celebration. I had plans to meet some people afterwards but I was tired. I went to bed early. Also, I was worried that not being able to accept birthday drinks from friends was going to depress me. I chose to celebrate on my own.

Next year, I plan to go on a big trip with friends. It will include camping, hiking, and exploring the wilderness. I used to think I would allow alcohol for my guests. But now I am not so sure. If they can’t spend a few days without alcohol for my birthday, I am not sure I want them there. The last few days with my friend getting tipsy is making me appreciate being around sober people.

Mistake 210- I had a birthday party sometime in my early 20s at my apartment. I had a good amount of people show up. Not sure why, but a friend wanted to go to a bar. So I went with her. Maybe she was dating a bouncer or bartender. But I left my own birthday party to go to a bar with her. This was the days before cell phones so no one knew how to get a hold of me. It took them about 30 minutes to realize I was gone. Not sure if I ever apologized for that.

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7 thoughts on “Sober Birthday

  1. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and just finished reading it beginning to most recent post today. I just wanted to let you know it really helped me out a lot; I have been struggling with a drinking problem myself for years, and have only recently realized that I need to do something about it. Your honesty and insight (along with Caroline Knapp’s autobiography, it really hit home!) has really helped push me to make the decision to quit, and I thank you IMMENSELY for it! I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own. Congratulations on making it over 6 months sober! I wish the best for you and support you with all my heart! And happy belated birthday!

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