It's Friday night and I'm home. I didn't have any plans this week except for two therapy appointments. That's kind of my life now. Or is it? I don't know. I have this habit of forgetting what my life was like a week ago, a month ago, whenever. The laps around the fishbowl are getting shorter.
Friday, July 18
I feel like the most boring person in the world. Why you ask?
Well, I kind of gave up drinking.
Obviously I've always been a big drinker. HUGE. Thighs "Binge" McGee. This year has been different, though. I don't really want to drink.
I started my bipolar medication, Lamictal, back in January. I drank like usual through March, except for a week in New Orleans which was 10 times more than usual. By April something changed. The urge to get drunk left. I don't want to get fucked up. I don't even really want to go to bars. It's the weirdest thing.
The first time I drank I got bombed off of Strawberry Hill Boone's. I was 12. So that's about 25 years of on again/off again drinking. I loved getting drunk. I loved beer. I loved being a barfly. Tonight I went to Crazy Ass to give a friend a birthday gift. I drank two sips of a vodka soda and half a Captain and Coke. All I wanted to do was come home. WHAT. THE. FUCK.
The only thing that's changed this year is my medication. I always knew getting fucked up was a way for me to self-medicate, but maybe the Lamictal changed all that.
Let me clarify though. I still do occasionally drink, but it's nowhere near the amount I used to down. I barely drank April and May. Not even once a week. This past Saturday at my parents' party I had maybe 7 or 8 vodka drinks over 12 hours. That's nothing. MDLL's birthday two weeks ago I probably had 10 drinks over three days. So it's not that I'm done drinking. I'm done WANTING to drink.
I was worried MDLL would think I was boring. For a couple of days I thought maybe we had nothing in common. Our whole relationship was built around drinking until 5am. Now I can barely stay at a bar for an hour if I even bother going at all. When I told him my concerns he lovingly laughed and said, "You could never be boring." I'm smiling.
This would all be easier if I had other plans, but lately I've been a homebody, too. A sober homebody. I'll probably go into this in another post, but one bad thing the Lamictal has done was increase my depression. Or, as Cee said, it could be I'm more depressed because I stopped drinking. Who knows? I don't really feel like doing much of anything, so I'm just bumming out. UGH UGH UGH. I don't want to be a bummer!!
Is this post stupid? I feel like it's stupid. Regardless, I'm so glad I'm writing again.