For those of us who need to stay clean and sober all the time, I know that this veritable "drinking holiday" can be a tough one to get through. And if you've got the Irish gene, like I do, alcoholism runs in your veins. I just want to say, that no matter what happens today, or what kind of peer presssure (or as we used to call it, "beer pressure") you feel, you can stay strong.
Here's my honest situation. My interview for the volunteer gig at the animal shelter today got cancelled. The person who was supposed to interview me is out due to a medical emergency. I got the call this morning. Now, maybe there's some reason why this was "lucky" after all. Only time will tell. But if it weren't for all the people supporting me, I have a half a mind to get drunk and stay drunk until I get the word that they're ready to reschedule.
Why would I react like that? I'm fighting paranoia that they don't really want me there and staying inebriated tends to separate you from your thoughts. Well, at least if you're as drunk and distracted as I would like to be.
But instead, I'm doing my best to take things at face value and relax about everything. An interview for anything is nerve-wracking and I have to remember that I'm not alone in that feeling. Also, I know by now that I'm stronger than that and really, anything can become an excuse to get wasted if you want one.
So, here's my blessing for a peaceful, joyful and sober St. Patrick's day for all of us who don't need to be drinking: may you never drink another drop, for one you start you may not stop!
Amen. And Happy St. Patrick's Day!