I have thought about the scribbles of this post for a little while now. Some days I want to write just to write and get it out; but, there’s no form, no logic, no point, just thoughts and experiences jumbled together. It finally came to me this morning as I was making a congratulatory purchase for myself to celebrate 5 months of sobriety.
[Pause for virtual cheers, hugs and words of continued encouragement.]
In general, I don’t gloat and I don’t like attention…except for a second ago when I waited for your virtual cheers, of course. I am not someone who pats themselves on the back or tells of accomplishments just to be praised, but now I know that there are exceptions.
I have a sober friend who doesn’t count his days, it just isn’t something he feels the need to do but, in telling me that, I began to feel some guilt (maybe?) that I wanted to share my days. Why should I feel guilty?? I want to tell the world! I am proud of myself, dammit! I want the continued motivation and support and maybe even accountability to keep pressing forward, to confirm that I was doing the right thing and to never look back. But, is it annoying to everyone else? I’m not trying to pressure anyone into doing what i’m doing at all but I know it inspires others because they send me messages to tell me so and that makes me happy. Equally, I love seeing others post about their days because I want to hug them and tell them how awesome they are. It doesn’t even matter how many days they’ve been sober because, to me, it’s a step in the right direction.
It isn’t easy. I take my sobriety one day at a time, and sometimes I take it hour by hour, so counting my days pleases me and just because everyone doesn’t count their days doesn’t mean I can’t or shouldn’t. I am 5 months sober and I still know that it’s the best thing I could have ever done for myself [esteem], my kids, my fiance, and my family. In the beginning, there were days where I just knew that looking into the future to today was going to mean failure. I just knew that I would be back to my old ways because I couldn’t see my life any other way. So, TAKE THAT OLD MARITZA! I totally proved her wrong. 😉
Oh, and if you’re wondering, “what congratulatory gift did you get yourself?” Thanks for asking; I stumbled upon a company via a page I follow on Instagram called Party Sober Clothing and I love their mission to “deglamorize drug and alcohol abuse by starting a new trend.” So i’ve ordered my tank top (below) and I can’t wait to get it! 🙂