It wouldn’t be an American “holiday” without:
- boisterous, fuck-all binge drinking
- unabashedly paying top dollar for overpriced crap
- cultural misappropriation
- all of the above
St. Patrick’s Day is one of those magical celebrations that typically bears the hallmark of #4 there.
Raging alcoholic, age 21: “Awesome! Today everyone is doing the thing I do every day. Cheers to that!”
Self-aware & sober, age 25: “This literally has zero meaning for or bearing on my life.”
Want to know what I did to honor ‘tradition’?
– conscientiously wore clothing without a shade of green to it;
– popped in to the public library for a community discussion about addiction and recovery after work, but only stayed for a minute because then I;
– attended class #3 of 4 on Connecticut Boating Safety Laws, the completion of which will earn me a license to own & operate a vessel in this state.
Furthermore, there was a ‘happy hour’ in the office to round out business hours. My downstairs workstation is located near the largest/emptiest fridge in the building, so about midday I was asked to help carry a couple of cases of beer down, to chill for the afternoon.
And that was not even remotely a problem. How great is that? No triggers, no cravings…just lending a helping hand, then back to work. It is possible for alcohol to be no more than a passing, momentary thought. I never thought this would be my life, but there it is: wholly possible, and in fact a reality.
Today’s gratitude: when I put in appearances in the conference room during the festivities, I was greeted with a rousing “Hey, there he is! Gotta have that beard in here!” by the company president. Yes — I get to work in an environment where not only am I not forced to adhere to some trite corporate aesthetic, but where individuality is, in fact, encouraged. As a creative at heart, this is huge for me. And as for being offered a top-tier craft beer when I entered the room? “Thank you! I’ve got my coffee here though, I’m all set with that…but do point me to the corned beef & cabbage!”
Happy (sober) St. Patty’s. Lucky to be here to say that today.