1. On a non-hungover Saturday, the skies are bluer, the grass is greener, and you can actually get shit done. Seriously, having energy on a weekend morning is a beautiful thing. Instead of drinking all the water in your apartment and watching old shows the day away, you can take a long walk. You can go get your eyebrows done. You can avoid the aggravation of waiting 70 minutes for a brunch table and choose to eat early instead. The world is your sober oyster!
2. Not spending ridiculous amounts of money on booze gives you a nice little cushion at the end of the month. Happy hour drinks sound fun, but they add up. If you go just one or two weekends without alcohol, you can finally buy those shoes you've been saving up for forever.
3. You realize the liberation of not waking up thinking, oh god, who did I text last night? You know you don't love Jake. Jake knows you don't love Jake. But you've made a habit of drunk-texting Jake at 3 a.m. to tell him that you "loOooooOve Jaaakkeeee." When you're sober, you generally don't late-night creep like that.
4. And checking your Facebook and Instagram through a hangover to see what embarrassing photos you have to untag. Some drunk group pics are fun, but some are really not. The Internet is forever and it is always a good idea to know what's being posted about you.
5. There are no horribly awkward brunch plans you feel obligated to follow through on.â€‹ Sober small talk might seem like the most daunting thing in the entire world, but when you're sober and catching up with someone, you know better than to make plans with people who you've purposely avoided making plans with for months.
6. It's really gratifying to follow through on a goal you've set for yourself. â€‹There's a major sense of accomplishment when you say you're going to give something up and you actually do it, especially when it comes to something as omnipresent as alcohol. Giving up wine for a bit is like canceling your Netflix subscription after you wasted four weekends finally watching all of â€‹30 Rockâ€‹. Damn, you've got some resolve.
7. Yeah, you vaguely remember that 2:00 a.m. pile of nachos tasting great, but it definitely wasn't better than the lobster rolls you and your friends soberly chose to splurge on. You'll feel much better physically the morning after a truly delicious dinner with friends than you will after the late-night pizza(s) you crushed on your own.
8. You don't wake up feeling like your brain is slowly imploding. See above. There are obvious positive health benefits to abstaining from alcohol (your skin and body stay hydrated, you sleep better, you lose weight, etc.) and they all reflect in just feeling better. Take it from a girl who chose to quit drinking for a bit: Having energy is fun.
9. Not drinking makes you realize what a naturally fun sober human you are. Drinking is fun, but surrounding yourself with awesome sober people is better. Is that cheesy and obvious? Of course. But sometimes it takes letting go of the thing you love the most (wine) to realize that you are a blast in a glass (of tonic) all by your damn self.
â€‹10. â€‹â€‹That first glass of wine when you decide to come back to it is as incredible as taking the first skinny dip of the season. â€‹Do you remember the first time you had a glass of wine and felt it in your knees? Do you remember how your life changed? Cooling it without alcohol for a bit makes casually rediscovering it way more fun.
â€‹11. When you do decide to start drinking again, it's because you want to, not because you need to. â€‹You are a grown woman, dammit, and you don't have to justify when and why you want your wine.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.