I signed up to Living Sober in late April, 2016, and had my last drink about a month later. Back then I was uncertain about the future, but knew I needed to make this change and see where it would lead me. Now, I'm approaching 2 years sober a far calmer, healthier, connected, and more content person. I'm certain that alcohol has no redeeming qualities. So many good things have happened in the last couple of years, but in many ways it's been probably the hardest period of my life with the emergence of panic attacks, depression and anxiety (things I suppressed with alcohol for most of my adult life). While I regret much of my worst drinking, I'll never regret quitting alcohol. I wish good things for you too. On August 20, 2017 I travelled to Porirua to get my tā Moko (Māori tattoo) done. It tells the story of my whakapapa (genealogy), represents the important people in my life, and the cornerstones of how I identify as Māori. The overall shape mirrors the wake of a waka (canoe) plowing through the water to embody my journey through life. Since it was done I feel at peace in my identity, I feel my inner strength shining through and most of all I feel pride. I carry this forward as a non drinker, a father, and a husband.
Kia kaha everyone!
I’ve been away from LS for quite a while now, but have caught up with LS friends in other ways. I guess as the struggle gets easier you drift away. But today I mark three years without alcohol and I wanted to come back to the place that was so important in the journey. To all of you in the early days, you’ve made a good decision and you’re in an excellent place to support you in your sobriety. Life isn’t always smooth – far from it actually – but it’s far better without alcohol to muddy the waters! It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Hang in there! It certainly gets easier! And be kind to yourself. If you step backwards it will only be to find more solid footing to keep moving forward. Xo
3. Boom. Your posts (and if I remember correctly blog, especially about how the depression lifted since mine was crushing and I thought nothing could ever get better ever) helped me so very much when I first joined. THREE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!! You legend you!!!!! oxoxoxoxox And it makes me happy to picture you and other LS members meeting up in the real world. In my ideal scenario we all have coffee and cake and watch the sunset at @Prudence magical harbor home (on the deck!!!) some day soon. Now off to the important question….How to celebrate that 3-year-soberversary?!!! Keen to share? oxoxoxo
I might be a bit late but HUGE congratulations to you my friend @emjaycee. I am so glad I met you and became your friend and so very pleased for you how much better your life is without the booze destroying your cruise. Lots of love xoxo