We had a wonderful time. The campsite was fantastic, our daily trips to the beach were exhilarating, and we enjoyed fine food and fine company.
We’ve all come back relaxed, tanned and ready to face the year ahead.
There was only one problem – one of our dearest friends was absent.
When we proposed the camping trip a few months ago, she was very keen. Until she heard that the campground was an alcohol-free zone. Her response: “I don’t think I could do that. I wouldn’t really enjoy it if I couldn’t relax around the fire with a glass of wine.”
Everyone else was keen. So, she stayed home, and the rest of us went camping.
We missed her. And she missed out on a fabulous holiday. I later heard that while her break was pleasant, it wasn’t anything special or particularly fun. (Actually, it was memorable in a negative way, because of a few not-so-nice things that happened … but that’s another story).
Sure, we couldn’t drink onsite at the campground, but there was a tavern down the road where people could and did visit for a meal and a drink. We also spent plenty of time away from camp, enjoying the beach, shopping and doing touristy things. All of these were places where alcohol was available and allowed to be consumed. Some of the group drank, and others chose to enjoy the holiday as a mini health detox after the excesses of the Christmas festivities.
I thought it was sad that my friend’s belief that you can’t camp without drinking alcohol onsite stopped her from having a wonderful experience that the rest of us will reminisce about for many years to come.
So let me ask you, is alcohol stopping you from having fun?
If it is, perhaps it’s time to think about its role in your life. Take the free two-minute quiz to check your relationship with alcohol.
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