Meaningful Work and Play
When you start prioritizing your mental, emotional, and physical well being, you start to tune into the things that matter most. The things that add value you to your life, the things that build authenticity, alignment, and a feeling of purpose. The mundane, the “coulds, woulds, shoulds,” the societal expectations that don’t truly match your energy; all of these things begin to fall away until you’re left with the most integral, purposeful pieces. And in this process, you may find that you feel especially called to bring in more meaningful work and play into your life.
What we mean by meaningful work and play, is the pieces of your life that bring fun, fulfillment, and a sense of purpose. This can mean literal work—your job, career, the 9 to 5 you go to every weekday—or it could mean creative work, the way you serve others, the way you show up in the world. Play doesn’t have to mean playing catch in the backyard—it can mean your hobbies and interests, the little dance parties you have in the kitchen, or the fun you have with a loved one.
The thing about going alcohol-free is that it makes you realize what’s most important. You’ve already bucked the societal norm of participating in our drinking culture, so it makes stepping outside of other norms and expectations much easier. You feel less like you have to keep up with the Joneses, less like you need to enjoy the same things that other people do, less like you need to follow the same path as everyone before you.