I don't drink
Now its July I have achieved a whole two and a half years without any alcohol, and that includes no Christmas cake either. It is hard to believe what an easy journey this has been once I got past the first week or so with the inevitable doubts about how I would cope with holidays, birthdays, Christmas and the like. Yesterday I was in the City for the hottest day of the year so far. The old me would have been drinking heavily in the Sun somewhere and commuted home feeling dehydrated, tired and physically exhausted. The new me got home tired from the three hour commute (thank you Southern trains for being so useless) and went straight for a kayak in the ocean with a friend of mine. Once well offshore we went swimming, it was so refreshing and an incredible thing to be able to do. Then my wife and I had dinner in the garden and watched a wonderful sunset, and we then read by paraffin light until bedtime. The old me would have been in bed much earlier on, would probably have missed dinner, and would generally have wrecked a day of my life. I love my new life.