I’m fed up with people making excuses for laziness by stating that there’s nothing better to do than drink, or that life is boring without it.
Don’t you remember when you were a child? Constructing lavish and expansive tents and tunnels with broomsticks and blankets, meandering about corridors, crawling on devoted hands and knees, swollen with devout determination to arrive, with gusto, at an imaginary island with buried treasures and edibles reminiscent of Wonka’s chocolate factory? Don’t you recall the lengths to which you went to entertain yourself when it was raining or snowing or when you were grounded for slapping your sister’s bowl of tomato soup onto your mom’s new rug? Forgotten all that good stuff, have you? I know, I know–you’re not ten anymore. But you still have an imagination, don’t you? After all, how many new drinking games have you come up with lately? You’re a regular Milton-Bradley. You’ve got more drinking games than Oscar-Meyer has wieners, and if you think you’re too old to build a tent with broomsticks and blankets in your apartment, you’re as sad as a woodpecker on an aluminum telephone pole.
Okay. Time out. Let’s think about this logically. When is the last time you did something that didn’t involve alcohol? What about that graduation party–you wouldn’t want to get hammered in front of Nanny and Pop-pop, would you? You got drunk with the grandparents? Okay. How about your nephew’s little league game–no booze there, right? They were selling beers at concessions? In a pig’s eye! What’s that you say? You’re from Wisconsin? Oh, I see…
If you’re having trouble finding something to do that doesn’t involve alcohol, check out this link:
It’s not easy to change other people’s perspectives on their use/abuse, so begin with yourself. Get comfortable doing things you enjoy without using. You’ll begin to genuinely appreciate your interests again, and perhaps even discover new ones. Sometimes it becomes clear that your “friends” are merely “drinking buddies”. If you’re trying to get sober or live sober, sadly, these people you may have to withdraw from completely.
When planning an event or activity, make a conscious effort to keep it dry. How? That’s easy: get a large amount of people to agree that you can party without partying. Check out this flash mob in Amsterdam:
If these kids can do it despite proximity to the Red Light District, you can do it wherever you are.