By: Tami Harper Winn
That’s right. It’s Happy Hour! Every hour these days is a Happy Hour for this sober drunk. There will be 2 for 1 specials with more than one blog for your reading enjoyment on some days and ½ price appetizers to tide you over until the main course of my blog is served on other days. The invitation is open to everyone. Today is the first day of the rest of this sober drunk’s life. Today I choose to not drink but to write my first blog instead and unleash my sexy and sober self to the world.
First and foremost, I won’t promise something different or shockingly out of this world because I don’t make promises. I will, however, expose myself in a way that only a few have known me and I will be raw and vulnerable. What you will read is my truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (words I’m familiar with). My only hope is that I can help to dispel some of the myths around alcoholism and addiction and possibly shed some light on how this drunk has managed to not take a drink for 2092 days, 22 hours, and 29 minutes.
On this first day of exposure, I sit here plunking away at this page in the local Starbucks and I understand just what they mean when they say that “just for today” I don’t have to drink, even if I don’t want to. Instead I will give the voices in my head (saying often used to identify an alcoholic’s crazy thinking) the chance to escape and tell their morbid, sometimes tragic, always comical stories to a world that is full of other drunks with voices in their heads too. Maybe all this crazy talk will reach the seemingly hopeless drunk who believes that they are the only one with a broken brain too. Or, maybe all of the insane thinking will reverse itself and heal the one who thinks it. Either way, if my delusional thinking appears to be sane in any way to anyone, then those voices have been heard.
For now, it’s “Closing Time” (insert over-played bar song by Semisonic). Last call for poor word choices and nervous first blog jitters. The only ones left are you and me. Until we meet again. Cheers!
Tami Harper Winn