A friend said, “Optimism without honesty is denial.” A year ago, I decided that 2020 would be dry. I did that in 2016 too. Didn’t drink alcohol. It’s a hard position to take in Wisconsin of all places. But it’s the way I gotta be. I like the clarity. I like the peace. A life without. It’s not needed. I’m a year in and feel no need to stop. I had stuff I wanted to get done this year, and I accomplished a lot. Sobriety is its own reward. I don’t preach it. I knew this decision was right for me, and I stuck with it. I am optimistic and honest — about myself, about my friends, about the world.