From the January 2014 magazine.

January 2014: Game On!

Last night I faced my first social event of the season with my AA friends, and I wanted to pull the covers over my head and isolate. I had run out of excuses to chain myself to the couch, but somehow I managed to get moving and take a shower. The first shirt I tried on was uncomfortable, and I only own eight acceptable club shirts, five of which were dirty! So I settled for a pair of jeans, a black long-sleeved shirt and a pair of cute earrings— always a safe bet. My hair was tied back in its usual ponytail, and I still have no idea how to do my makeup. Would someone please teach me?

Dreading the evening before me, my thoughts raced. I am not your typical club-going girl, and I don’t own a purse or a single pair of cute shoes. I didn’t know what the style was that day, and chances are good I probably won’t know tomorrow. I was convinced I would feel like a fish out of water. I thought I might want to drink to settle my nerves to “fit in.” I rarely went to clubs in my drinking days, and I never went without a guy. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’d ever been to a bachelorette party.

-- Anonymous

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