I never asked to have a problem with alcohol, but then who does? No one asks to become addicted to a substance. However, some do, and it’s those people I want to help.
I didn’t get sober to grow as a person, I got sober because I wasn’t happy. I didn’t stay sober because of me, I had help along the way until I was able to remain sober on my own. But I did grow and I did become happier in life.
I didn’t write a book and start a blog to say “look at me, ain’t I wonderful.” I did so in an effort to help others look at themselves and see a wonderful person.
So maybe my growth, my happiness, and my passion to help others were meant to be, I don’t know. I just know it helps me to love myself. Something more people need to do, especially those who use a substance to try to be happy and it fails them, much like alcohol eventually failed me.
I never asked to have a problem with alcohol. But I’m actually glad I did. While there are some things I might like to change about my past, I’m not sure I would. How would I know the difference between what was and how I feel today?
I’m happier in life. I’m happy with myself. And I’m happy to be able to help others.
None of this necessarily makes us a wonderful person, but it does help us feel wonderful about ourselves. Especially those of us who never asked to become addicted to a substance, but did.
The people I want to help. The people I love. The people who need to love themselves.