If you know anything about me, then you will know that I am a shameless drinker-inner of the good times and the good booze. Matter of fact, if you creep my FB page, search the internets for shirtless photos of me, or randomly bombard any social event that I am attending, then you will most likely find me laughing, singing, dancing (or something like it), or tucked away into some corner observing the room, or on my phone, with one hand firmly grasping the cozy covered drink in my hand. It is inevitable. I am a drinker.
The truth is, my social woes and anxiety have plagued me for years… and (without diving too deeply into the “whys” and “why nots”) alcohol has been my salvation.
I damn near drink on the daily, yo. And it’s pissing me off.
Here’s the thing, I have a good personality sober (and not sober), actually… I have a GREAT personality. (Allow me to boast for just a second). I’m a good dude, I’m likeable, I’m charismatic, I make people laugh (sometimes just by looking at me), I can hold a deep conversation, I’m personable, I’m intelligent, and well, I’m (probably) an alcoholic.
Alcohol has been my social crutch for a long, long time. And, even though my blackout-drunk days are very few and way far between, I still drink, almost, daily. It might be 1 or 2 drinks a day, or 3-4 (sometimes), to even the ridiculous… a-shit-ton-more-than-I-can-count on the weekends. Yes, I’m a lover of cheap wine, damn near any kind of beer, tequila, liquor, and (in a very manly way) fruity drinks. I just enjoy drinking.
But, it’s taking its toll on my health in many more ways than just physically. And it’s time to change that.
I’ve decided to do a “Dry Month” challenge (if that’s a thing). I want to go 30 days without having any kind of alcohol. Not just because I need to, but because I want to. I want to get back to being me. And I want to challenge myself in the hardest ways. (Because I’m nuts).
And hey, guess what… I’m bringing you all along with me. I will be posting daily up-dates, (follow along if you like), and maybe, if I feel like it… I will do a “lesson of the week” on why not drinking can be cool, too.
But beware, the language and drama will be real. Enjoy.
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Jacob Paul Patchen
Jacob Paul Patchen is a strong advocate for love, family, and laughter. He is his mother’s favorite child, his grandfather’s ornery double, and the one who offers the blessing before holiday dinner. With his background in poetry and his open heart, he sees the world in a transcendent light. With a deeper understanding of the importance of life’s “little things,” enriched by his time spent at war in Iraq, Jacob offers a philosophical, light-hearted, and insightfully energetic tone to his writing style.
Jacob is an award-winning writer and poet from Cambridge, Ohio. He was the recipient of the Beulah Brooks Brown Award in Poetry and was selected as the feature writer for Muskingum University’s creative writing magazine, First Circle. Jacob graduated from Muskingum University with a bachelor’s degree in English while focusing on creative writing, journalism, and speech communication. Since graduating, Jacob has written a script for a feature film, started a blog, thebackroadrevival.blogspot.com, (which has made him semi-famous in a small town), and is currently finishing up his debut book called, "Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop: A Playful Journey Through Some Serious Sh*t"
Growing up a few miles outside of a small village in the rolling hills of South East Ohio, Jacob spent most of his youth playing sports, spending time outdoors (i.e. climbing trees and hiding from babysitters), and finding his unique voice in writing. Feeling patriotic, he enlisted into the Marine Corps. Reserves during his senior year of high school. During his six year enlistment in the Infantry, he was deployed to the Al Anbar Province, Iraq in 2005. After his return from Iraq, with a better understanding of life and a renewed appreciation for opportunity, Jacob enrolled into Muskingum University to pursue a formal education in writing.
He is now living outside of Cambridge, Ohio where he balances part time work with full time play.