Yesterday afternoon I’m in an elevator with a middle aged guy; we’re both looking at that little TV screen that shows news stories, stocks, the weather, etc. A random statistic flashes across the screen reading “Over 15 million Americans are dependent on alcohol.” Then this conversation ensues:
Guy: (gesturing to the screen) “That used to be me.”
Me: (politely confused look)
Guy: “Yeah, that was me. Drinking every day. That was back when I was in advertising. Haven’t had a drink in years though. Now I’m an attorney.”
Me: (trying to be funny) “You went into law and then stopped drinking? That’s a bad idea!”
Guy: (dead serious) “No. No it’s not. It’s a good idea. Sobriety was the best idea I ever had.”
If there’s any possible correct response in a situation like that, I’d love to hear it. Because I believe mine was, “Good for you!” as though he had told me he just bought a previously owned BMW.