Dryvember Dispatches Day One: No Drink November

I have written a little before about my battle with depression, as well as my propensity to drink. Not to worry, dear reader, I am not depressed. Well, at least not any more than normal. In fact, I feel pretty good with things in my life. Also, I haven’t been drinking too much lately. Mostly just on the weekends, though then yes, it is too much at one time. I’m working on it! Anyway, I decided to stop drinking alcohol for the month of November, and I decided to write about it. So, without further delay, here is Dryvember Dispatches Day One.

So, if I am not feeling down, and I have my drinking under control, why did I decide to do this to myself? The main reason is simple: to see if I could. I don’t often go out of my way to challenge myself with things like this. Though on occasion, I do. I did a 30 day squat challenge on year, and I have done a dry November once before. But, this year, I figured what the hell? Why not prove to myself that I can do this? I thought about it for a hot second and then realized there was no good answer, so here I am writing my Dryvember Dispatches day one of thirty.

I don’t know if I will post updates every day, or a few times a week. It probably depends on if I think I have something to say. Also, depending on how I feel. If I feel the need to share my experience because I’m particularly proud or in need of encouragement, then you can count on a dispatch.

Dryvember Dispatches Day One Started Stong

Today is the first day, obviously, and so far it’s gone well. It’s almost over for me, actually. And despite not being able to fulfill my normal Friday night ritual of pizza and beer, I still managed to get the pizza. I’m counting that as a win.

The image shows the Queen Barrata pizza, which is what I chose to eat for Dryvember Dispatches Day One
The Queen Baratta Pizza. It usually has more peppers and fewer mushrooms. It was still tasty, though.

I haven’t felt the need for a drink, which isn’t all that surprising. I did drink last night in preparation for taking the month off. Still, it’s nice to not have the craving, desire, or need for booze here at the beginning. Work’s going to get busy soon, and the days are turning cold, but for now all is well.

I did have a bit of an emotional wave crash over me while waiting for my pizza, but I attribute that to the stress of the day more than anything. It was a long day today; classes, lunch with colleagues, and a work meeting. None of these things individually add up to anything tough. But, put them all together and stress is the result.

The spell passed, and I didn’t end up crying in Pizza Hut. Another win. So, yeah, that’s Dryvember Dispatches Day One. Thanks for reading. If you have suggestions for getting by without booze, let me know in the comments. And if you’ve done something like this, let me know that, too. Hell, if you just want to chat with an internet stranger, I’m fine with that as well.

Oh, one more thing; before I wrote this post, I knew dry November was a thing, but I didn’t realize it had official connections. More info here.

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