monkey off my back

One guy's experiences as he quits drinking

Another reason it’s worth it.

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Today I’m glad I’m sober because of a meeting I had yesterday.

I met with a person who has previously operated at the level of my boss’s, boss’s, boss’s, boss’s, boss (for good reason). He was fiercely intellectual but also blunt, rude and dismissive. I felt completely out of my depth, comparatively incompetent and incredibly vulnerable. All I could think was…

I’m so glad I’m not hung-over.

Enduring that meeting would have been too much if I’d also been struggling to focus, really anxious & moody, and paranoid that he could see I was hung-over.

Sober: the meeting was supremely unpleasant but also a provocative experience that made me really rethink a whole lot of my work.

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