I am going to take a hint from the Aussies and give my own spin to Dry July. Dry July is a concept to encourage Aussies to cut out drinking alcohol for the entire month of July, in order to bring awareness and monetary support to those suffering with cancer. It’s a sort of fund raiser, where you get people to sponsor your sobriety for the month by donating to the Dry July fund. Those funds are distributed to people suffering from, or care taking people who have cancer to help defer costs, because let’s face it; Cancer is an expensive mistress.
The idea is, “people don’t choose to have cancer, but you choose to drink.” By taking the month off, you can focus on your own health and wellness.
Australians, much like Americans, live in a socially acceptable alcohol fueled society; and it can be hard to escape the temptation to drink because it is readily available and legal.
I myself have gotten into a lazy habit of daily consumption, and not even the stereotypical consumption of social behavior. In fact, looking at it, has made me redefine social behavior. See, even though I have sat alone drinking, I am actively being social on the internet or on the phone. So, even though I am not out at a party or a bar, I’m still engaging in conversation while staying up late and drinking.
Through this month I hope to start some new routines, and set some goals for myself.
I want to redirect my focus on my fitness. I’ve jumped back into exercise in the last week, and I have dropped around seven pounds. I know that by cutting out the empty calories of drinking, I will lose that weight much quicker.
I want to start a podcast. I have wanted to do that for about seven years now, but I didn’t know how to start. I think that Dry July is the perfect beginning topic, because I don’t expect it to be easy. I live two blocks away from a bar/ liquor store. I don’t have any bills or debts, so it’s easy to spend my disposable income there. Topics that I would like to talk about are the effects of drinking in a sedentary environment, how to stay healthy while being a care taker; and my personal experience of taking a break.
Over the last few days I have been watching many youtube videos of Australians who decided to do Dry July. I have been finding all the tips and tricks of tackling a sober month. The consistent point that is expressed is; “What is your personal reason?” Most people reach a point where they just make the decision because they have a personal epiphany, like how much weight gain they have gained. Or taking a new look at their societal norms and wanting a break. Some just want to save some money. Some people just need the collective energy of a group dynamic to cessate.
For me, it is definitely the weight gain, and the senseless use of money toward something that isn’t going to help me at all in the long run. In fact, I know it has been suppressing me from my potential; and at 36 years old, I want to see where that potential leads.
If you are interested in taking your own spin on Dry July, and would like some accountability, please feel free to reach out to me. I know that I will probably need some people to talk me through any urges that may come up.