The Bird of Paradise flower has the following meaning; freedom, magnificence, good perspective and that something strange and wonderful is about to occur.
I chose this flower for the Soberistas logo because it is acutely representative of my experience of quitting drinking. In the early days of sobriety all I could think about was what I would be missing out on as a non-drinker, but as the weeks turned into months it dawned on me that this was about adding to my life, not shrinking it.
When you’re addicted to anything, the drug becomes the dominant player in most of the situations you find yourself in on a daily basis; it is the main object of your desire. Despite the addicted person believing they are acting out of choice, they are, in actual fact, locked in a prison, stuck fast in a perpetual cycle of low self-esteem, regrettable actions and short-lived gratification.
Breaking the habit then, equates to freedom. Your choices become your own once again, you act according to your innate sense of self, rather than because you are running to the demands of your master.
As the world becomes real again and the falsity of alcohol-skewed vision dims into the distant past, the awareness of how magnificent life is can be overwhelming – not least because of the feeling of liking one’s self again. Instead of staring at a reflection that you hate, gradually, without the booze, contentment and self-confidence are restored. The small things are no longer taken for granted, brushed away beneath a far greater wave of needing a substance to fill the void. Instead, the tiniest, seemingly most insignificant elements of our planet are capable of inducing a deep sense of gratitude and wonderment.
The clarity that is borne out of alcohol-free living is remarkable, and can take a bit of getting used to. It becomes so easy to accept a foggy mind as the norm that when booze is finally taken out of the equation and one is able to think properly and as nature intended, the good perspective that is suddenly apparent can take some adjusting to. It feels as though a particularly heavy pair of blinkers has been lifted, and the sun been allowed to shine for the first time in many darkened years.
And when all of the above comes into play, isn’t it obvious that something strange and wonderful is about to occur? For who can truly know what is around the corner when all that preventative negativity gets washed away, and a person is able to be real, unhampered by a drug?
This is a sneak preview of part of the new Soberistas logo, which is based on the original Bird of Paradise flower. From January 2nd 2014, this will become our new brand identity.