The month of February was called Februarius during Roman times. Februarius was derived from the Latin term Februum, meaning purification. The Romans held a purification ritual the day of the full moon in Februarius. I found this intriguing because in February I am going through a purification of sorts.
But for a better word choice, let’s call it an experiment. I got to thinking, what would happen if I removed drinking and online dating from my life for the entire month (hey, it is Leap Year) of February.
What will happen if I stop drinking for 29 days?
I will probably save money and have 29 hangover-free days. (insert 2 thumbs up emojis here).
What about if I delete my online dating accounts for 29 days?
I will have a lot more time and energy, fewer distractions, and maybe even more data rollover at the end of the month. (insert Big Smiley emoji here).
Over the last three years that I have been single, the majority of my recreational time has been spent either meeting friends for happy hour, going to concerts or online dating. I can pretty much guarantee that had you seen me out at any of these events, I would have had a drink in hand.
So, I made a list of the pros and cons of consuming alcohol and as you can probably guess, the cons far outweigh the pros. Drinking brings absolutely nothing positive to my life. So why do I do it? Why do I spend the money? Why poison my mind and body? I hope after this “experiment”, I can provide myself some real answers.
As far as dating goes – basically I am exhausted! Online dating could easily be a full-time job and if it were legal here in California, perhaps I would get into it (kidding). But seriously, to put it simply, my heart is in need of a sabbatical.
I have a tribe of friends supporting me by keeping me busy with things such as hiking, yoga, good food and meaningful conversation. Plus, I am spending a lot of time alone and I am really enjoying my own company. With that said, cheers to a new experience and the many changes ahead. Who knows, maybe I will make this a ritual of my own…