Yes, really day 72. Haven’t posted in quite awhile, but not because I went back to the bottle. I’ve been meaning to post again for awhile now, but for one reason after another I just haven’t made the time.
I am still taking things one day at a time. Today I went to my first AA meeting. A friend of mine started going last week and asked me if I wanted to go with him, so I gave it a shot. I was really pretty nervous, but everyone there was really nice, honest, and supportive. It felt somewhat refreshing to say the words I’ve been avoiding saying out loud. “I’m an alcoholic.” So, I said it. There it is.
The awesome thing, though, is that I am at the point that I am becoming proud of my sobriety, rather than ashamed of it. I am starting to feel like my 72 days is a symbol of strength rather than something to hide or make excuses for.
I have to admit that this attitude change came, at least in part, from a very scary situation a few nights ago.
I went to a late lunch with my parents and we met up with my sister. They picked me up, because I have no license. We were at a restaurant/bar and they were having some drinks. My sister went home and I thought we wouldn’t be long behind her. One thing led to another and a couple beers turned into mixed drinks and shots and hours later I am stuck at a bar completely sober with my drunk parents who are supposed to drive me home. I texted my sister, who offered to come get me (us), but my dad said we would leave soon, which we did. My sister made me promise to let her know when I was home safe… Minutes later we were in a wreck. Car totaled. Shaken and bruised, but alive. For what was probably 1.5 seconds but felt like eternity the car was spinning out of control into a guardrail as I prepared for death. I didn’t see visions of my life before my eyes, but I truly thought about my mortality and the possibility that my family might be smaller by the time the car came to a stop.
We were lucky. I felt foolish. Sober me is still letting alcohol contribute to my bad decision making. No more. I will stand up for my sobriety and make safe decisions, even the tough ones.