No regrets :: reflecting on my drinking days

9 July 2014

I have loads of memory sticks of photos from my twenties; memories which I am so glad I captured because unfortunately I do not remember half of them.  I am sitting hear on our couch, trawling through the hundreds of photos from holidays, weekends in our old flat, adventures in London and I look terrible.  I am bloated, overweight and unhealthy.  I don't remember much of them and I am sitting here thinking; what a waste.  But one thing I have learnt is there is no point regretting,  it is done and dusted.  All I can do is be grateful for the decision I have made and the path I am on now.  A healthy, happy and alcohol free path.  And I thank God for that everyday.

Just to give you a glimpse, here are some photos from my last few months of drinking and then last year.  I still cannot believe the difference and neither can my family when I show them these pictures.  It is incredible what alcohol can do to your body without you even knowing as it is a slow but spiraling process.

I wanted to write this post because if I can help one person out there realise that there life will be richer, more fulfilling and happier without alcohol, then I can say that I have accomplished something.  I am so very grateful that I quit drinking when I was 25.  It was the best decision I have ever made (I know I have said this a million times before, but I mean it) - here is my story which I shared last year.

Guys, if you have an addictive personality and you have frequent drinking episodes then sit down, really look at your life, at yourself, your feelings and really think.  Is it worth it?  Are the morning hangovers, the blackouts, the faded memories, the sickness all really worth it?  It's not!
You have one life to live, go out there and live it.  Each day, you can wake up feeling refreshed, alert and be you again.  You can go do anything you want but not when you have this cloud over you.  That fuzziness and the knowing it is going to carry on the next day and the next day and the next day after that.

Make a decision, do it for you and no one else.  Don't wait until after the next party or wedding or your next birthday.  STOP MAKING EXCUSES!  I was infamous for that too.

That life you imagined?  Go and live it.

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