Great idea for a thread, good to hear the positivity.
-What i love is being always able respond to situations and be available for people,
Take last Saturday night, my friend was in a crash on the M50, nothing too serious but his car was undriveable. He rang me to come and help him because he knew i wasn't going to be pissed off my head in some god awful pub. The week before, my sister had to go to England at a few hours notice and I was there to take care of my niece and nephew.
I love that, i love that people know they can depend on me to help them if they're in bother because they know i'm not going to be pissed or hungover.
-Not drinking puts the value of your time and money into perspective. Before i used to be like, €30 for a theatre ticket? that's very dear, €30 on a round of shots-No hassle boy! Insane when you think about it.
-I find that as much as some people judge you for not drinking, probably because you're causing them to take a look at their own habits, a lot of people have great respect for you and admire it. I work in a job where i have very serious responsibilities and i have to make important decisions every day. I work with a few people aged 21/22 (i'm 28) who are good at the job but by their own admission, are useless on mondays after their usual heavy weekends and often not too spritely on a friday morning either. This has not gone unnoticed by our line manager. Last thursday over lunch, one of the younger ones casually mentioned in front of the boss that they were meeting a friend for a few drinks that night. My boss had already asked her to take the lead in an important meeting Friday morning. About an hour later my boss rang the girl and said she had changed her mind and decided she wanted me to take the lead in the meeting. Couldn't help but think it was down to the fact she knew that i would be fresh and clear headed and the other one may not be. Long term when it comes to going for promotions, i think it will be good to have that reputation of dependability.
I think everyone should focus on what you GAIN by not drinking rather than what you're supposedly missing out on.
Last edited by Bassfish; 22-07-2012 at 15:37.