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A New Sober Lifestyle: 5 Activities That Are More Fun Sober
By: Valerie Dansereau
Many people think that leading a sober life will mean a life that is no longer fun or exciting. The truth is that just because you have given up drinking and drugging, you haven’t turned your back on good times. There are actually a lot of activities that are much more fun sober than they are under the influence of drugs and alcohol. If you are having a hard time thinking of something fun to do sober, here are five activities that can lead to a fun and fulfilling sober life.
Get Physically Active
Consider participating in team sports such as bowling, volleyball, basketball or softball. Find out what kind of leagues there are in your area. You might be pleasantly surprised to find you can also get involved with sports such as dodgeball, kickball, tennis or lacrosse. Joining a gym is another way to challenge yourself. Activities such as walking, swimming and bike-riding are simple ways to get more active, and are a lot more fun and less dangerous when you are sober than they were while you were drinking or taking drugs.
Learn Something New
There is so much to learn, and you can actually absorb what you read and hear when you are not under the influence of mind-altering chemicals. Learn a new language, or take a class to learn a new craft. Many classes are available online or at your local library or community college, and there is a lot of online courseware that is offered at no charge.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Spend some time appreciating nature. Now that you are not trying to escape from reality, you can appreciate the beauty of all that is around you. Walk through a zoo or aquarium, or visit a nearby botanical garden. Sit in a local park and enjoy the sunshine and the scent of grass, trees or flowers.
A sober lifestyle is a great gift, and when you feel truly grateful that you are alive and sober, you may want to give back to others in your community. There are a multitude of opportunities for volunteering, from hospitals to schools to homeless shelters. You will probably find that giving a little of your time to others is very rewarding.
Hang Out With Friends
When you are leading a sober life, hanging out with friends doesn’t mean spending money you don’t have or doing things that will make you ashamed or embarrassed the next day. You can organize a potluck or picnic or you can visit local attractions with your friends. Best of all, you can remember what you did and who you did it with while you make some happy sober memories.