“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.” – Caroline Knapp
Caroline Knapp was a journalist, author, and one of the first women to openly talk about her struggles with alcoholism, which she did with the utmost candor and eloquence in the bestselling 1996 memoir, “Drinking: A Love Story.”
Her book is full of amazing quotes, but I'll only quickly highlight a few here:
“Consumerism thrives on emotional voids.”
“The hard things in life, the things you really learn from, happen with a clear mind.”
And, lastly, one that I think about often:
“There’s something about sober living and sober thinking, about facing long afternoons without the numbing distraction of anesthesia that disabuses you of the belief in the externals, shows you that strength and hope come not from circumstances or the acquisition of things, but from the simple accumulation of active experience, from gritting the teeth and checking the items off the list, one by one, even if it's painful and you’re afraid.”
I designed and minted these sobriety achievement coins to celebrate the long, never ending path we all have in front of us, while also looking gorgeous and celebrating life outside away from the drink. I like to think that Caroline would approve. ?
Celebrating your sobriety milestones is important. It keeps you motivated. It keeps you humble. And I hope this coin helps you or a loved one continue on the path towards long-term, permanent freedom from alcohol.
Note: Coin is 1.5 inches around.