By: Ruth F., Transformations Alumna
‘What do I do for FUN in sobriety?!’
‘Does getting sober imply I can’t go to locations or do the issues I cherished anymore?!?’
These had been a few of the questions I requested myself and others once I first bought sober, and after virtually 4 years sober, I nonetheless get requested these items by folks simply beginning this journey. Ingesting is such a big a part of society and the way folks have enjoyable and rising up in Wisconsin, it was much more so a ‘norm.’ It’s like Sundays had been MEANT for consuming and Packer soccer, whether or not it was at Lambeau or the dive down the road. At six months sober, I moved residence to Wisconsin from Florida and was anxious concerning the surroundings and the challenges I’d face, a kind of being going to Lambeau Area for a Packer sport and NOT DRINKING.
In early 2020, a good friend shared in an AA assembly about this new ‘Part Yellow’ Fb web page and a ‘sober desk’ at Packer video games. I assumed it sounded actually cool after which Covid occurred and clearly, no spectators had been allowed. Part Yellow is now an incredible neighborhood of sober Packer followers and what we name ‘Sober Allies’ or folks supporting the sobriety of others. There’s a desk within the concourse of Lambeau in any respect residence video games that supply fellowship earlier than and through the sport to anybody who is selecting to not drink and people supporting them. They provide stickers that say ‘One Recreation At A Time’ and yellow balloons to explode and launch through the 4th quarter and it’s actually superior to look out and see all these balloons floating round and know we’re NOT alone. It’s additionally very nice to know that if I really feel like I’m surrounded by folks consuming or begin getting ‘in my head,’ I can exit to the desk and simply get some interplay with one other sober human!
In 2021 I used to be in a position to go to my first SOBER Packer sport with my dad at Lambeau and it was one of many biggest experiences of my life. I used to be fortunate I had the help and companionship of my dad. This season I used to be confronted with a dilemma; miss out on a Packer sport as a result of I had nobody to go along with OR I may get out of my consolation zone and ask for assist. I selected to beat my concern and reached out on the Part Yellow Fb web page to discover a sober sport buddy. That’s the place this story takes over. I made a quick good friend, loved an AMAZING and sober time at a sport, and made recollections to final a lifetime. Part Yellow offered me an area to achieve out, ask for assist, and join with one other recovering alcoholic and I feel that’s so superior.
This season I used to be in a position to go to a few video games sober. I used to be current within the second, FEELING the freezing chilly, form and RESPECTFUL to followers round me, and better of all, going to work the following day with out a hangover! I additionally had the privilege of volunteering on the Part Yellow desk for a sport, too. Whether or not it’s being a spectator or being of service, there’s loads of enjoyable available SOBER!