My artwork has become a huge part of my recovery. Once you put that drink down, and clarity hits, all of a sudden you find yourself with a shit-ton of time on your hands! I loved art as a kid and going into my college years. It was something that brought out my creativity and put me in a state of calm mindfulness.
I found that longing again once I became sober. I realized that it keeps me present. I'm not thinking about the past. I'm not thinking about the future. I'm just thinking of the colors I get to play with, creating what's in front of me, and truly coloring my life. I get to step away satisfied that I am in the midst of creating something colorful and whimsical. Along with that, comes a clear mind to think about the future and what might be, not just in the not-so-distant future, but also what lies ahead many years down the road.
Are you exploring sobriety or even Dry January? Are you in recovery like me? What have you found to replace the hours of drinking (drinking/thinking of drinking/hangovers/etc)? Have you discovered a creativity you long forgot or a new one? A new sport you've taken up? A new skill? Language? Share what you've accomplished. If you are thinking about sobriety or giving up drinking for a little while, for whatever reason, what do you think you'd fill that time with?
I look forward to hearing your moxie!