Feelings aren’t facts, but they deserve to be validated. For anyone that knows me, I’m sure you’ve heard me say this countless times. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t get sober to tiptoe around being true to myself and settling for mediocrity. Going through the motions while maintaining an alcohol level to keep the shakes and sickness away was my life for far longer than I’m proud to admit. However I admit it; shoving, stuffing, masking, and stifling is what we do. No, it’s what we DID, what I did anyway. And if you think for a minute those people that so called are “killing the recovery game” but are too busy telling you what’s wrong with you are truly “killing it”? Well, they’re killing something; insecurities, guilt, shame, a bottle...that’s for sure. But what do I know? I would strongly suggest to re-evaluate ALL relationships though; look at them like investments. Investments in you, your happiness, sobriety, and future! Don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should feel, get over, or act; sounds like they need to “stay in their own lane” to me. Seriously though, those that are authentic and truly want you happy also want to hear what you have to say, how you feel, and be happy you are able to get that shit out! I’m not saying act like you’re better or rude to anyone, what I’m saying is act like you’re better, no, be a better version of self than you were the day before and set those boundaries and guidelines for how you deserve and will ONLY tolerate being treated.
2.) Self worth
3.) Letting go of all that no longer serves
7.) Unconditional love
8.) Elise Corinne
9.) Jamie, my wife
10.) My family
Sometimes letting go of what no longer serves you (and probably never did) means loving others from a far because your love for self is greater. Love yourself, and if no one has told you they love you today; I love you. Yours truly,