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  • Debbie Masner

Flying Sober

Updated: Dec 26, 2021

I’m flying for the first time since 2019. On my way to see my sister in sunny California. I’m vaccinated and all masked up, so I feel safe.

I can’t help but reflect on all the previous times I’ve gone on vacation and used it as an excuse to drink. In fact, there’s a picture of me in an Alaska inflight magazine- I’m drinking beer with my friend. I was so proud of that picture. I posted about it on Facebook and declared how perfect it was to have a beer pic. That was my identity- I called myself a lush and loved to drink. That girl seems like a long time ago and a different version of me. That beer I was happily sipping on while sitting outside at happy hour at a trendy restaurant would be the first of many. That girl would go home and drink a bottle of wine or more. She would wake up aching and wondering why she didn’t stop after that one beer. And then: wash, rinse, repeat.

This trip though I will not be hungover. I will not sleep through the morning. I will not regret the things I said. I will not walk through the day feeling an itch in my head and a weight in my belly. I will enjoy the sun. I will sleep soundly. I will have meaningful conversations.

If you were like me, keep going. It took a long time to get here but it is worth it. And so are you.

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