Celebrate National Sober Day Every Day
National Sober Day is September 14th, but you don't have to wait to celebrate!
Getting sober in the middle of life is one of the hardest, messiest, joyful, exhilarating experiences you will ever have. It's an event that needs recognition and celebration every chance you get.
When I first got sober, I kept it to myself for the most part. Sure, my husband and son knew, but my close friends were on a need to know basis. Why? Because I felt like getting sober was embarrassing, it was something to feel shameful of and hide.
Well, not anymore!
In 2015, I joined Instagram under the anonymous handle "To 50 and Beyond" to talk about the Whole30. I quickly realized that other people were talking about sobriety.
I began to come out of the sobriety closet and share my most profound darkest moments. I was sweaty and scared every time I hit publish on a post, but the more I posted, the more I felt heard and supported.
After two years of sobriety, I had found my people. Other men and women who were on the same path as I was and working on their recovery together. I found comfort, love, and a newfound passion for myself, something I had never done before.
I've talked to women in the middle of life who have gotten sober and feel like it's not something to celebrate with themselves and others; I'm not talking about announcing it on social media.
In real life, conversations with friends and family. Why? They feel embarrassed about having a "drinking problem" in the first place, or they don't want the accolades because it's "no big deal."
No. Big. Deal?!
The reason why sobriety needs to be acknowledged and celebrated daily - it's a BIG deal!! First, the celebration starts with you. By saying out loud, "I'm so proud of myself" daily.
Whether you think it's a big deal or not, I want you to know that I think it's essential that you share your sobriety with others because:
- It helps women who are struggling with quitting drinking, not feel so alone. I would have loved to hear from a woman my age when I left alcohol behind say: "it's going to be okay; you can't do this!"
- It helps you be more confident in yourself and in the difficult decision you made to stop drinking. Give yourself the props you deserve.
- If you hide the fact that you're sober, you are still hiding your authentic self from the world like you did when you were drinking. It's more than okay to come out of the closet now.
- You are worthy of self-praise, kindness, and self-acknowledgment. You've gone years without making yourself feel worthy of the hard work that you do, now is the time to own it! #itsbadass
- You never know who you will inspire. Your friend, cousin, aunt, mom, or any other woman who may question their drinking too. Start the conversation by sharing three words: I don't drink and see what happens
I'm so proud to be one of the Founders of Real Aligned Women, the company that made National Sober Day happen every September 14th, with the first annual celebration in 2019. Although the company is no longer active, National Sober Day lives on forever.
The sober community has grown so much since I've been on Instagram. I meet new sober people daily who are speaking their truth to support their sobriety and the sobriety of others.
If you know of someone who is sober and you feel uncomfortable reaching out to say congratulations on your sobriety, please rethink that call. A sober person is doing the work behind the scenes and appreciates your acknowledgment.
If you are sober, congratulations. I always celebrate you.
If you are struggling to get sober, please know that I'm cheering for you. You can do this. Look forward, not back, and keep moving.
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