Catching Up

family_chickensHey friends! Here we are at the end of 2017 and I’m already making ANOTHER new year resolution to write more here in 2018. Really, I’m going to try hard to make that happen.

I’m not sure where 2017 went, but it flew by! As I write this, I just took my first shower in two days, my face is breaking out (probably too much sugar) and I’m attempting to remain calm and collected in the midst of holiday chaos – easier said than done! However, with all that being said, I’m happy – really, truly happy. Not just, “I’m saying that because that’s what you want to hear.” No, I’m saying that because it’s the honest to goodness truth.

After being on our little farm for over two years now, I can say without a doubt that moving to the country was the best decision we’ve ever made. Not only was it good for our family, but it was good for my sobriety. I feel free here; free to be the person I was meant to be. When people ask me what I’ve gained through sobriety, I will often tell them I gained myself. I’ve discovered what I like and what I don’t like, and I suppose, most importantly, I’ve given myself permission to be honest about those likes and dislikes.

I’ve discovered that I don’t particularly like being in large groups of people or being forced into casual conversation. I don’t like spending time with negative people who leave me emotionally drained. This one’s hard because I really wanted to like it, but I’ve realized that I don’t like entertaining and hosting large groups of people at my home. My home is my sanctuary; it’s my safe place to escape from all the craziness of the world and having other people here often feels suffocating to me. I’ve accepted that I’m more of a one-on-one type of person. I want people in my life who will sit down and have real and honest conversations.

And, what do I like? I like routine. I like my morning coffee with my husband. I like working in my yard and garden while the kids play and laugh in the background. I like the thrill of chasing my chickens around the garden until I’m able to catch one (I know, weird!). I like binge watching historical dramas on Netflix. I like trying out new canning recipes, especially jams and jellies. I like the anticipation of planning my garden for the next spring. And, at the end of a long day, I like sitting around the table with my family, giving thanks and hearing them talk excitedly about their day.

For so many years, I feared living my life based on my real likes and dislikes because I was scared of disappointing or offending someone. These days I don’t feel the need to have everyone agree with me or even like me – they won’t and that’s okay. There is an incredible sense of freedom in letting go of the pretenses and being honest with yourself and others.

Comparatively, my life now might sound boring and uneventful, but I will be the first to lift up my arms and say, “Amen!” Boring? I’ll take it! Uneventful? Even better! Through hell and high water, I have learned that in boring and uneventful we often find the greatest peace and contentment.

Tomorrow, we celebrate my son’s ninth birthday. He was three when I got sober and with every passing birthday, I’m so incredibly grateful that he will never have any memories of me drinking. Sometimes, I try to imagine what my life would be like now if I had never stopped drinking and, honestly, it makes me physically sick to my stomach because I know that I wouldn’t have any of it – this beautiful, flawed, painful yet grace-filled life.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!

 

6 responses

  1. You just told me that you wanted to write more often and I’m so glad to read that you have. Your honesty always brings tears to my eyes. You share from your heart and it’s lovely. 💕💕

  2. Thank you for your story. My hobby too is drinking for over ten years. I have a great job as an adult ed teacher, married, adult children gone. I have blacked out and embarrassed my husband so many times. I can’t quit. I once got sober when I was 32 and stayed sober 9 Years. I am now 57. I can’t imagine life without my wine. My house is even decorated in it. I can’t stop. I need help. I don’t want to go to meetings but kaiser isn’t much help either. I loved your honesty. You have encouraged me. Thank you. Please pray for me. Liz

  3. One of my biggest regrets is that my kids memories are filled with alcohol and their mom being drunk. Like you, it makes me physically ill when I think back to those times. I so wish I could have a do-over, but all I can do is move forward. And that’s enough. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!!

  4. One of my biggest regrets is that my kids’ memories are filled with alcohol and their mom being drunk. Like you, it makes me physically ill when I think back to those times. I so wish I could have a do-over, but all I can do is move forward. And that’s enough. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!!

  5. I wanted to tell you I love your blog and it has helped me begin my new sober life. I am 3 weeks sober….it was not easy. The hardest part was admitting my 12 years of binge drinking was not normal. I am enjoying not waking up with hangovers and don’t miss the overwhelming feelings of guilt about my behavior during my drunken night, which sometimes I can’t remember. I went back and read all of your entries and was so sad that they had ended and then was overjoyed to see your latest blog. I hope you keep writing because I am completely inspired by your journey.

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