I have been getting a little out of my comfort zone lately. The biggest thing that I did was today, I was interviewed about my recovery story and my thoughts on addiction for a podcast. I have decided being totally anonymous really isn’t helping anyone. I do have this blog where I discuss my issues with addictions, but doing this podcast takes it to a whole new level. I was really nervous about doing this and sounding like a dork, but luckily I get to hear the final edit before it posts. I really hope it turned out well and that it will resinate with someone who listens. Being uncomfortable for a minute is worth it if it helps someone.
Turns out it wasn’t so bad doing it after we got started. It was just like talking to a friend. I did stumble some but hopefully that will be taken care of in editing. I am anxious to hear how it turned out and totally trusting my interviewer, Nick.
Nick has a great website called Open Discussion Movement and I think you should check it out at https://ODMovement.com. A lot of great stuff on addiction issues and he has a wide range of guests on his podcast with different experiences with addiction.
Getting out of your comfort zone every now and then feels good. It is definitely a growth experience. My sponsor told me just the other day how much I was growing and changing … and that my friend is a good thing.
I graduated from college in 1989 …. 30 years ago. It seems like a life time ago. I went to Ohio University in Athens Ohio and have very found memories of my time there. I was in a sorority and thanks to Facebook, they are planning a reunion in Chicago in September.
I would like to see some of the girls from the sorority and I am sure I could have some fun, but I am an alcoholic / addict and it looks like it is going to be a party time weekend. Why wouldn’t it be? Your average person doesn’t have a substance abuse problem. I don’t really want to disclose my personal business to this group of people, I am really not close to any of them at this time in my life. I think all I need to know about these “friends” I learn from Facebook.
One of the events is a mini pub crawl …. the Court Street Shuffle (going to all the bars for a drink in one night and there were many) is a staple OU activity. It doesn’t really sound like a fun way to spend an evening to this addict. I am pretty sure if I go I will either be miserable or I will drink, neither of which sound fun. So why am I so conflicted about this? I think I am feeling left out because I know I can’t do certain things. If this event were in Athens I could go up for a day, but going to Chicago is a commitment and I would be stuck. I know it is a choice … I can go or I can not go, up to me. I just know it is not in my best interest to put myself in that situation, but I don’t want to miss out – conflicted!
College and the sorority were some great times, I would love to be able to relive some of that with the girls I shared my life with for 3 – 4 years. But if I want to stay sober the answer is obvious and I don’t like it!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Its a good day to recognize those women who have mothered us and helped us grow. Our Mother’s, Mentors and Friends. I love my Mother so much, she is an awesome Mom. Sometimes I wish I could be more like her … spur of the moment, love of travel and of all things and very adventurous. She is a free spirit (and sometimes these traits drive me crazy). I on the other hand am more careful, conservative, a planner and a homebody …. more like my Dad I would say. My mom and I have a wonderful relationship, she is my biggest supporter. I don’t think though she understands my addiction issues and recovery very much and we rarely talk about it, but she is proud of me for getting sober and for the Mother that I am.
I love being a Mom. I am grateful to be the Mother of 2 wonderful young women. My girls have really turned out to be good people and I couldn’t be prouder of them. They are both on their way to becoming self sufficient adults. I feel like I have done my job in raising them. I miss having them around, but I have had to let them leave the nest and fly. It is different being a Mother to adult children. I sometimes miss those days when my kids were younger. I still worry about them, even though they are adults. I worry about that addiction gene, I pray they don’t have it. They like to have fun and drink, but don’t seem obsessive about it or to have that addictive personality …. yet. My girls seem well grounded and mostly responsible. I am grateful that my girls have a close relationship with my Mom (in fact my oldest daughter, Allie, is just like my Mom) and had a close relationship with my Grandma, their Great Grandma, who passes away only 4 years ago. We all live(d) in the same area and got to enjoy each other as family.
Life keeps going. I am so happy my girls were home to celebrate the Mother’s Day weekend with me and spend some time with my Mom. I do miss my Grandma, but she is definitely here always in spirit.
I am honored to have so many wonderful (older) women in my life who may not be my Mother, but who have helped shape and mold the person I am today. This is especially true of the women I know and love in recovery. I am a very lucky Girl, Daughter and Mother.
Today day is the day one of my sponsees hit the one year sober mark. My first one to do so and I couldn’t be happier. I have had 5 girls over time and 3 or maybe 2 that I am actively working with. I am so proud of this girl, she is doing the deal. She came in to AA and sobriety and never looked back. I wish I could have done it that way, but that wasn’t my journey.
One of my girls is actively drinking. She got her 30 days a couple of weeks ago and then a 24 hour token last week and is back in the bottle. I wish I could help those in active addiction more. I just want to shake her and tell her there is a better way to live. All I can do at this time is let her know that I am here for her when she is ready and pray for her and her son that is caught in her web of addiction. I feel so helpless and it is not a good feeling. As a sponsor, I feel a little bit like I have failed her even though I know it is her choice. I can’t make her drink and I can’t make her be sober.
My other girl is doing well. She had a relapse in September so she will be coming up on 9 months. She has had some challenges that we have worked through and I think she has finally found some peace in her situation.
But as for my 1 year girl … I get to give her a special 1 year token on Saturday at the big meeting. I hope I can find the words to do her justice. 1 year is a big deal.
I love being a sponsor even though it is challenging at times, I love helping others in the best way I can. Sometimes though I feel like how can I help them when sometimes I can’t even help myself. They keep me sober and honest with myself. I don’t want to fail them, I want to be the best example of sobriety that I can be.