When we’re young, we are told that we can be anything that we want to be. The sky isn’t even the limit – you can become an astronaut and reach for the stars. The world is your oyster. There are so many cliché’s, but the takeaway is this: there is no limit to your potential. Growing up, we learn there are many limits; many things that get in our way, such as challenges and tribulations, and sometimes it’s hard to get through the day without a drink. Before you realize it, that drink becomes a habit and that habit becomes a problem.
When you’re sober, you sleep better. You can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, energized; there are no memories to regret of the night before. You can be ready to take the day. When you are sober, your memory improves. You stop blacking out. You stop missing pieces of your life. When you are sober, your body can finally recover from the road haul you put it through. Your skin heals itself, refreshes and hydrates; your hair is healthier, and your eyes are whiter. When you are sober, you are healthier, and you feel better for it.
When you are sober, you are letting yourself feel, possibly for the first time in a long time. Drinking to numb pain numbs everything else, too. When you are sober, you’ll feel it all anew. When you are sober, you’ll make all those important, not-to-be-missed moments with your loved ones. When you are sober, you can rebuild your relationship and make wonderful, new memories and be there for them. You can be whoever you want to be. A great friend, a wonderful parent, the best lover, an incredible co-worker.
When you are sober, you deal with life’s problems instead of hiding from them. You accept responsibility (which can be scary), but life isn’t going to ignore you until you are ready to deal with it. It will keep throwing punches at you whether you’re at your best or your worst, and really, wouldn’t you rather take life’s next challenge with all the balls in your court?
When you are sober, you are you. When you’re tied to a bottle, you are something else; someone else. When you drink to dull the pain; to deal with stress, or worry, or anger, or hurt, you miss out on life. Your health declines, your money gets eaten away by booze, and your relationships strain. AA Meetings are full of people just like you, who want to know who they can be when they’re sober. Find an AA Meeting by zipcode for one near you, and start your path to who you can be, if you only gave yourself a chance.
It will be hard. Getting sober is hard, staying sober is even harder. If you fall, try again. Try something else. You owe it to yourself and to your loved ones to find out who you can be you’re sober.