394. Envy

About some people’s reaction to me stopping drinking alcohol… 

‘Oh good for you’, condescending,

Behind my back, apprehending,

My shadow, for being,

Just that little bit too close.  

(Photo – Eli Woodbine, Canada, 2016) 


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ah yes. I deal with that all the time. No one seems to regard it as important that my brother died of booze addiction, my mom was a mean and secret drunk — a whole ancestral litany of sad stories NEVER MIND that I can’t handle it or don’t LIKE being in an artificially stimulated “altered state” Sure, sure it was fun in the 70s when it led to dancing and passing out but really THAT’S no lifetime destination. People think, however, that because I’m sober, I’m judging them. It’s on them completely. They should say, “Wow. Here’s a permanent designated driver!” and be grateful.


  2. eliwoodbine says:

    Totally. And I’m only 7 months into my alcohol free journey. Probably haven’t hit the hardest times yet.

    I’m sorry to hear about your litany of sad stories, but certainty have a similar tome. I can’t massively handle it myself. I find it hard to stop if I start, so why start?

    In the pursuit of art I must shed the superfluous and focus on the journey. Alcohol was holding me back.


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