I'm a runner. I've done four full marathons and too many half marathons to count. Every time I register for a race a switch goes off in my head that initiates "training mode". I train for months. Hundreds and hundreds of miles are logged as I prepare for the big race. Do I ever know for sure that I'm prepared for the race? Heck no. I do everything I can to be physically and mentally prepared, pin those numbers to my chest, lace up and put one foot in front of the other.
Training for and completing a race is how I feel about my #sobriety and this pandemic.
I've spent months training for this. This pandemic is my race.
You see, when you decide to be #alcoholfree you are deciding to feel all the feels. You are no longer choosing to numb things and are pretty much forced to be with yourself. We find ways to entertain ourselves, keep busy, spark creativity, pick up old and/or new hobbies, and more. We connect with our tribe, build relationships, find ways to destress, and navigate our way through this exciting new chapter. Sound familiar?
The other day I was asked how Covid-19 has impacted my sobriety and I couldn't help but smile. I responded, "This is what I've been training for!". Being quarantined is my big race, my big test. If I can stay alcohol free while being #quarantined at home with two wild, adventurous boys under the age of 8, become a homeschool teacher overnight, literally have no where to go, no one to see, and pretty much feel like I'm Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, I think I'm gonna be just fine.
So cheers to my fellow sober racers out there. While not everyday is rainbows and unicorns, this is what we've trained for and we will cross that finish line.