“I’ve got too much time on my hands
It’s hard to believe such a calamity
I’ve got too much time on my hands
And it’s ticking away, ticking away from me”
In the early part of last year I was struggling. My doctor suggested I go to counselling, and recommended a therapist.
My therapist is amazing. Professional, talented, compassionate, funny and practical. It was a real lifeline for me. Some people shy away from seeking out help – I can’t recommend it enough. My feeling is family and friends are great, but they are on your side and aren’t going to be objective. And they aren’t trained. So if you’ve ever thought about it, try it. It has to be the right person. You have to be prepared to go on a journey of self-discovery; but it can jump start you past, over or through your personal crisis.
It’s been six months since my last visit – and, feeling stuck, it seemed time to book an appointment. It was a good visit – and I was proud to talk about my newfound sobriety.
I have a few nuggets to share from the visit.
Here’s my first one.
One of my issues — I was still spending a lot of time playing many different scenarios over and over and over and over and over and over and over again in my head.
My therapist pointed out that now I wasn’t drinking, I had a lot of free time on my hands. I was filling it with that ‘over and over’ thinking.
What are you going to do with the time you used to spend drinking?
I realized I need to stop wasting this new chunk of time on the past, and start using it in a more productive and healthy way. I have a beautiful opportunity to change and improve my life for the good with all this new found time.