Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived and we all survived such a harsh winter, the tendency is for us as human beings to think we need to hurry up and cram good times into as many days as possible, before the temperatures dip back down again.
I, for one, love the summer, but forever need to remember that it was always my favorite time of the year to drink and do drugs.
There is just something about being able to leave my house and walk outside without a shirt on and just wear shorts to go to the beach, play ball, or simply hang out with friends.
I felt liberated – after a long winter – to be able to enjoy myself knowing that the days were longer and I could lay in the sun to get a tan.
However, my addiction would always turn what I thought was going to be fun into something worse.
Fights, arrests, gambling problems, and other negative consequences were the result of thinking I “deserved” to have fun during these warm months of the year without any regard of the outcome.
Nowadays, fun takes on a whole new meaning, since I am clean nearly six and a half years.
Responsibility, dependability, reliability, and trustworthiness are just some of the positive characteristics that I take pride in, and combined with my desire to help other recovering addicts, or anyone not living up to their full potential, is what motivates me each and every single day, rain or shine!
I don’t begrudge anyone who drinks socially, and just hope it doesn’t interfere with their normal, everyday life.
Nor do I have a problem with any person who works hard for a living, pays his or her taxes, and is a positive role model in the community.
In a perfect world, men and women who are successful would have sense enough to help those who are less fortunate than they are.
For when they do, we all feel better about ourselves!
Enjoy this great weather everyone, and if you ever feel the need to talk about something that is on your mind, know that I am just a click away!