In about a week, I to go on a business trip with some people, who I would consider “heavy” drinkers, and it reminded me of a fundamental lesson I needed to learn in sobriety.
“No” is a complete sentence.
In early sobriety, I felt like I needed to explain my non-drinking to every person who gave me a funny look. I nearly had a panic attack prior to each sober outing with “earth people” where alcohol might be served.
What if they offer me a drink and I refuse?
Will they know?
What will I say if they ask me?!
What if they find out about me?!?
WHO WILL THEY TELL?!?
OMG – MY LIFE IS RUINED!!!
After some time in sobriety, I learned that most of the people out there could not care less if I drink or don’t drink. As for the rest, I do not owe them ANY explanation. I can say “No” or “I don’t drink”. ‘Nuff said!
Getting my game face on,