When you change, you’ll quickly encounter these 3 people

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This was my first sober conference.

I quit drinking in July 2020, in the safety of my own small social bubble, and coming out to the world as a sober person was a gradual process.

Type #1: Sounds good!

Many people couldn’t care less about what you have ordered in a restaurant. They worry about their own business. Often, it happens that I order my sparkling water or the lemonade and people say nothing at all. That is an easy scenario.

Type #2: WTF?!

I wrote about this before and I will say it again: when you make a bold, empowered, and unconventional choice, you’ll piss some people off. There is just no other way around it.

Type #3: Can I join your club?

Lastly, there is a third type of person in this scheme. These people will make a sigh of relief and do the exact same thing as you did.

  • When we were on a camping trip and when I said that I won’t be drinking, a friend was ELATED to share LaCroix with me and not to have to drink over the weekend.
  • A reader from Medium told me that she was sober throughout December thanks to reading some of my posts about sobriety.
  • During the above-mentioned conference, a colleague took me to a nice Indian restaurant and he said that he was eager to order mango lassi because he was tired of drinking alcohol. He knew that would not judge him.

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