I have been sober on a vacation before,
but not "happily" sober.
This vacation was my first "happy" sober trip!
My dear friend did not drink while I was there, which was very cool!
However, I was not tempted, didn't feel sorry for myself, and was happy being with my friend, her dog (my God dog), the sunshine and blue skies.
The only very mild urge that ran through my head, was on the airplane home, where they had free drinks for Valentine's Day. I thought through the drink, dismissed it, and had a nice trip home.
Vacations are tricky. Alcohol is everywhere! In the airport, on the plane, at the resort, at dinner, at the pool, and on and on. Sometimes I would drink too much, sometimes not. But I always drank. What's a vacation if you don't drink?
I was just as relaxed on this trip not drinking as I had been on my others.
I was just as happy, in fact happier because I wasn't all hung over.
I laughed just as much, probably more, because alcohol makes me moody.
I went out to eat and enjoyed the view, my friend, and the food!
If I had been drinking, I would have gotten drunk. I would have started drinking in the airport, and would drink more on the plane. I would have bought several bottles of wine and drank at least one bottle a day. I would have had more wine at dinner, probably at lunch.
I would have probably wrecked my own vacation with my friend, who I don't see very often anymore.
I am so happy I didn't drink.