Sober October 2019

by Jon Sullivan - 2019-10-03 - Jonism

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I rarely drink anymore, but I still like the Sober October idea. So.... need to find some other vices to skip.

The idea of Sober October is cutting out alcohol for 30 days, with a charity component thrown in. You can cheat, but every time you do you need to donate $15 to charity. So two beers costs $30.

But I mostly stopped drinking last year. So 30 days sober is most months for me. I'll need some other vices to skip this month. Here's my list for this year.

  • No booze.
  • No beer.
  • No junk food.
  • No pot.
  • No coffee.
  • No soda.

    Let's define junk food as : Chips, candy, fast food, pizza, or anything delivered. And let's agree that fizzy water I make myself with just lemon juice is not soda.

    And those clever readers who know me well will notice the list is missing "no World of Warcraft". That would be too much. I have dailies that won't do themselves. So let's all agree WoW is not a vice.

    Why? Actually I'm not sure. It just seems like a cool idea. And I like the plan of challenging yourself to avoid something you crave that's also bad for you. Sort of controlling your addictions rather than your addictions controlling you. One might argue that just not being an addict might be a better life choice, but I don't roll that way at all. I am my addictions.

    Also, it lines up with San Diego Beer Week, which starts on Nov 1st. So after a month of healthy lifestyle we'll just nuke it from orbit.

    While I'm not planning on cheating, my charity of choice will be SBSK. This is a group I donate to every month irregardless. And I love what they are trying to do. I think if everyone just watched their YouTube videos now and then the world would be a better place. The videos can be hard to watch sometimes, but I think they force compasion down your throat in a way many of us, including me, could use more of. In short, SBSK is :

    "We believe that when you take the time to hear someone's story and view life from their perspective, you learn and grow as a human.

    Founded in 2016, SBSK is a 501(c)3 organization that seeks to normalize the diversity of the human condition under the pillars of honesty, respect, mindfulness, positivity and collaboration. This multi-media movement supports the acceptance and celebration of all members of the neurodiverse community regardless of diagnosis, age, race, religion, income, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression."

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