Today I got really bloody cold while I did some filming for the new Go Get Sober website. But I also laughed a lot.
We had decided to play around with getting some shots of a wine glass being smashed, kicked, hammered, etc. because I wanted something eye-catching that would help to grab people’s attention.
This was a very cold and frosty day in the UK in December. And, having decided to film outdoors as the sun was shining and the sky was blue (plus I didn’t want to get broken glass all over the floor in the house), we wrapped ourselves up in numerous layers and set things up.
Our fingers turned blue as we hunted around for props that would work, fetched ladders from a freezing garage and set up our little outdoor stage.
I had to fill up a wine glass with red wine and then do bad things to it:
• Smash it with a mallet
• Drop a lump of concrete on it
• Drop the empty wine bottle on it
• Kick it artfully through the air
We had such a good laugh while we did this. Despite the cold and the blue fingers.
It struck me that I have come a long way in a short space of time. It wasn’t so long ago that I would have found the smell of the wine as I poured it, smashed it and kicked it a real trigger to want a drink. I would also have been wincing internally at the “waste” of wine as it ran down our makeshift table and soaked into the earth.
But today it was just a prop in a fun morning’s filming session and I didn’t give it a second thought. Just giggled a lot, had fun experimenting and felt energised.
It feels really important to recognise that it is possible to enjoy things sober. And to have a real laugh. And that the enjoyment is somehow cleaner and more authentic than it was when I was drinking. I somehow feel more connected with who I am – more confident and relaxed. More like me.
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