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  • Writer's pictureJ.R. Bjornson

99 Days Sober (Finding Humour in Sobriety

In the world of stand-up comedy, life provides the material, and sometimes, life throws you a curveball that's too good to pass up. For me, that curveball was quitting alcohol 99 days ago. Yes, just like Ross and Rachel, I'm on a break from booze. And while my sobriety journey has had its ups and downs, there's one thing that keeps me going, finding the humour in it all. If you can't laugh at yourself then who can you laugh at?


(Saying Goodbye to a Childhood Hero)

As I embarked on this journey, I couldn't help but reflect on the passing of a beloved actor who played Chandler Bing from "Friends." (Matthew Perry) He, too, battled with addiction, and his passing at the age of 54 was a stark reminder that even our childhood heroes are not invincible. It's a somber thought, but one that adds depth to my commitment to sobriety.


(Emotions Unleashed)

One thing I've learned during these 99 days of sobriety is that I'm far more emotional than I ever realized. Without the numbing effect of alcohol, every feeling is heightened, and it's like watching a rollercoaster of emotions in high-definition.


(No Room for Negativity)

Another revelation on this journey is that I've become less tolerant of negativity. When I was inebriated, I might have brushed off snide remarks or passive-aggressive comments, but now, thanks to my newfound sobriety, I'm less inclined to let things slide. If I have a problem with you, I'm going to let you know about it. It's intimidating, especially for a former people pleaser like me, but it's also incredibly liberating.


(The People Pleaser No More)

Speaking of people pleasing, it's astonishing how sobriety has changed my perspective. I used to bend over backward to make everyone happy, often at the expense of my own well-being. Now, I've found the strength to prioritize my own happiness and mental health. Sobriety has given me the confidence to be unapologetically myself.


(The Uncertain Journey Ahead)

As for how long I can go without alcohol, I can't predict the future. But what I can say is that I'm committed to this journey. I've discovered a new sense of clarity, purpose, and self-respect that I never knew was possible. So, here's to the next 99 days and beyond. I'll keep you updated on my adventure, and I hope you'll join me as we navigate the highs and lows of life, one sober day at a time.


(It does Not Get Any Easier, But The Load Does Get a Little bit Lighter)

When I started to realize it was time to quit my binge drinking life choices. I thought the journey would get easier as time passes on. You actually get to introduce yourself to how you feel with every day tasks and reality sets in. I am super happy most of the time, but I just can't people please anymore. By quitting alcohol it is as if I gave up the patience in dealing with people and their negativity. I have even given up many friendships. For the better. It doesn't get easier, at the same time my load gets a little lighter. Cravings come, but they also go. It's all about keeping busy and continuing on working on your craft. In my case stand up comedy, YouTube videos, podcasts and more.


(Conclusion)

In the world of stand-up comedy, every experience is a potential punchline. While quitting alcohol may not be the funniest topic, it's given me a fresh perspective on life and comedy. So, to all those on their own sobriety journey or facing life's curveballs, remember this: sometimes the most unexpected moments become the best material. Cheers to finding humor in the everyday, even on the sober path. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more laughs and insights on my journey ahead.

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