I’ve already written about my six month’s sobriety date – a biggie for me.
I’ve been reading and following those who have many more days/months/years under their belt – and it’s clear that good stuff keeps happening as you go Westward Ho! with your sobriety.
For those of you who might be a bit behind me in days, I want to let you know I have seen and experienced what’s ahead for you – and there is so much to look forward to!
I feel like a frontier scout out on the prairie scouting the lay of the land, meeting the locals, seeing if there’s fresh water, good locations to build – all that.
I’ve come back to encourage you — there’s gold in them thar mountains and rivers and streams. Sober Gold!
I can best describe my last couple months as layers of an onion peeling back. I really thought after the first 30 days I had experienced all the goodies there are to be had with sobriety. It was good, and I knew it was healthy. And I knew it was the right thing to do.
But as the days progress, the results of being sober just get a little more subtle. Layers of the old me, the old messaging to myself, the old habits – the old responses, they’re just peeling away slowly but surely. Leaving the real me to shine through. And by the way, learning what the ‘real’ you is a BIG DEAL.
It’s the little stuff that really makes me think… WOW, this was totally worth it. The nail-biting times of oh darn, just give me a glass. The decision to do it – and keep to it (one day at a time, baby, one day at a time.)
Just today I noted that all the spidery little veins from drinking are gone from my face!
Yesterday, it was sunny and summery. A breeze blowing, and birds singing – it just felt so good to be alive.
I actually feel “gung-ho” now. Not 24/7 – but I catch my self so very full of a ‘bring it on’ feeling. What will the day bring, what fun projects do I have on the list? Oh lookee – how exciting to see the colorful fresh vegetables piled high in the local farmers market!
Please know it’s so so worth it to keep slogging through the days of give-me-a-glass-and-forget-this-all .. and also the days of emotional downers.
So … Keep calm and carry on … whatever your ‘carry on’ is. (I’m partial to a little sparkle).
I’m with you! I’m reading you!
P.S. That’s Calamity Jane in the photo! One tough cookie…