What to say.
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Didn’t think I would get it. But I got it.
Sometimes life works out.
I’m amazed at how far I’ve gotten just by getting out of my own way. Does this make sense. The alcohol, the drugs: they were obstacles, not the way. My own personal Daddy said this summer he said to me he told me “if you can just figure out this sobriety thing when you’re twenty-two, you’ll have the world by the time you’re forty.”
And I don’t want the world, Dad, but your words have stuck with me. Because there are things that I want. Peace of mind. Independence, financial and otherwise. To give the best parts of myself to the world. To spread love.
I can’t be sure that I’ll ever attain these things, even sober. But I do know that when I’m forty years old, I won’t look back and think to myself jesus fucking christ where did the last twenty years of my life go I could’ve been x if I hadn’t drank so much or I could’ve done y, I really could’ve done y, but it just never quite occurred for me, it just never happened; I won’t be driving around with my adolescent son and say you know son your own Personal Daddy could’ve been a really great man, you know he really could’ve, he could’ve done amazing things but he didn’t do those amazing things although he really could’ve done them.
Because that’s the alternative. I can quit Substances now or when I’m forty or never, and the story is going to be the same. The only variables will be the amount of personal suffering incurred and the amount of shit left unaccomplished.
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