John-for-Life (The alcohol-free version)
I'm told that you can read the Harry Potter books, and then rewrite them completely and that's totally legal, so long as you put it into your own words. The idea here is it's impossible for you to write the same thing that came out of some other person's mind. You cannot plagiarize if you are writing verbatim, off the cuff, extemporaneously, off the top of your head.
So I'm completely within my legal limits to quit drinking for 60 days. I kind of say that facetiously. But I just wanted you to know this is not my idea. There was a blogger I was reading one day. It was a lady. She had a nice blog. I don't remember her name. I don't remember her blog name. I wish I could remember because I'd like to go back and read it.
She had a lot of good ideas. She talked about her alcohol-free experiences, the good and the bad of giving it up for 60 days. She spotlighted something every day of her journey, similar to what I'm doing. I didn't read the whole thing, just enough to know I wanted to try the same thing.
The problem with starting something like this is... well, there are a lot of problems. The timing is probably #1. To be honest, there is no good time to quit drinking. You want to find a time when you have no foreseeable obstacles. But, as you probably well know, there are always obstacles that come up. And that's why you have to plan ahead. Planning ahead is what I talked about yesterday.
Today is my first obstacle that I knew was coming. My dad invited me and my kids to the cabin. I have decided to take my kids and NOT stay the night. I know if I stay the night I will have to have a drink with my dad. If I go, if I say I have a reason to go home, then there will be no issue there. Dad's not the kind of person who will pressure me. There's just the joy of sitting around the campfire, listening to dad's stories, or listening to the crackling of the fire or watching the kids play while sipping on an ice cold brew.
Today that part isn't going to happen.
I probably should skip the fire too, as those aren't good for asthma. But if you skip the fire, that wouldn't be fun for the kids. I certainly wouldn't want to have the kids miss out on the joy of a fire.