Every year on my sobriety date, I write a post to celebrate and to encourage others who are exploring sobriety. These are always hard for me to write trying to find a balance without going overboard.
At 4 years sober, I’m experiencing life everyday instead of temporarily escaping and then plummeting downward and crashing hard 3 to 4 days a week. Sobriety is a sacred space I breathe in steady and strong, and I exhale with gratefulness and pride. I’m in the best physical shape I’ve been in years, my mental health has drastically improved, I immerse myself in growth, and for all that my soul smiles and lights me up. It’s a new-do of my life!
For many folks like me, alcohol is no longer an option. I abused for 40 years. I finally couldn’t ignore the fact that alcohol was just keeping me stagnant in a shitty place and harming my life in so many ways. At that point the sobriety seed was planted. Once that happened I couldn’t shake it even after getting on and falling off the wagon numerous times. It came down to admitting this was no way to live. For each fall I learned a new truth or solidified a truth about myself and alcohol, and the desire to stay sober got stronger and stronger. Eventually it “clicked” and with a lot of good work and much support out here I became sober.
If you find yourself in this place NEVER give up hope and ALWAYS be kind to yourself as you learn along the way. No matter what has taken place up to this point in your life know that at your core you are goodness! Know that you are love! You are so worthy to be free again, and I would be honored to support you however I can.
Alice and I enjoying life …
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