When it comes to the holidays they are often considered a break from the normal 9 to 5, a time when families get together and celebrate their heritage or break out the fireworks and sparklers in honor of their freedom.
But for some it is time to party and live it up with the potential of making mistakes while getting trash off of Uncle Jagermeister or your good friend Jack D.
St. Patrick’s Day, drinking green beer; Cinco de Mayo, drinking Mexican beer; 4th of July; drinking beer and BBQing. For the sober community they are often not invited or considered a buzz kill.
But the truth is plain and simple: They are Sober, Not Boring! Just because they choose not to partake in a series of drunken belligerent mistakes does not mean they don’t throw awesome parties.
If you haven’t been invited to your sober friend’s killer pool party, your drunken embarrassments might be the reason why. Here is what you’re missing out on:
- Go viral, the internet is your friend: If you are reading this, I am sure you know how much fun the internet can be, so embrace it! You Tube, Vine, Podcasts, Rap battles; the sky is the limit as nearly every smart phone has a decent video recorder/camera on it. You have something funny, interesting, inspiring, or just down right entertaining; share it with the world. You think you have a sophisticated palette now that you have your taste buds back, blog about your dining experiences.
- Road trips: Now that you are spending less time consuming alcohol and falling on your face, you now have extra spending money to visit the little town called Jerome, AZ and find out why it is haunted. Bring your friends along and make it a thing you do on the weekends. Visiting places you have never been before fills your life with meaning and rousing good stories. With a little gas money and a sense of direction ( GPS) you can fill your life with memorable experences that you would not do drunk on the couch.
- Discover the outdoors: Hiking, boating, camping, spelunking, cave exploration, and kayaking; all of these activities are waiting for you to put down the beer, put on your shoes, and go for a walk. There is more to life than drugs and alcohol as the world is a beautiful place to be in. Roasting marshmallows around a bonfire with friends can be timeless and full of good memories.
- There may be a festival for everything: Now that you are sober you will find hobbies and activities you enjoy doing; there may be a festival for that. Comic con, food, and music all have really interesting festivals that you can enter or just attend. Arizona has an amazing salsa festival every year, go check it out and bring your friends. Everyone likes a ghost pepper challenge… Right?
- You don’t need alcohol to throw a party: The one thing about getting sober is that there is a sober community waiting to welcome you with open arms. Throw a movie themed party and watch as the Harry Potters and Hufflepuffs knock down your door. Game stores have these ‘host a murder” dinner party game that has everyone pick a character for the night and act out a murder like Clue. Throw in some cool costumes with a veggie platter and you got a party on your hands.
- Cards Against Humanity: This one gets its own topic as this card game is epic. This is a card game that is an adult version of Apples to Apples. With odd scenarios that can sometimes be morbid and comical, check out this deck of cards and see if it is right for your group of friends. (If you search old ladies and cards against humanity the video is awesome.)
- Become an entrepreneur: Again the internet is amazing, if you can knit, or make something consider starting an Etsy account and sell your product to people who really enjoy the handmade feel. Fiver is also very interesting, as you can sell services on the internet for 5 bucks. When I mean services, I mean be a human billboard or support a web page, or create a book cover. For 5 bucks, you have a new hobby that is profitable.