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Short Piece on Sobriety

By Ivette Rodriguez | March 6, 2023

I know many of you will read the title and end it there.

I mean, why wouldn't you?

We’re 18, 19, 20, 21,,,

We’re in the prime of our lives! And weren’t we taught alcohol and drugs just make a good time better? When we pick up the bottle we are merely enjoying our youth, the no hangovers and such.

When we spread those lines across the table we are simply celebrating our youth, the ability to do as many as we can take and feel no judgment from the world around us.

When we flick the xanax onto our tongues we are simply savoring our youth, and feeling all the bad and stress melt into the background.

We are simply young, reckless, and fun.

Where’s the crime in that?

But yet, now is when we build our then.

What will the future hold?

Who do we want to be in a week from now?

In 3 months?

In a year?

The work we put in today, builds who we end up as tomorrow.

Consider for today, for this moment,

How sobriety could build the person you so desperately want to be.

And is temporary pleasure worth distancing yourself from yourself?


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