I just read a wonderful post on vulnerability so here goes: I’ve been sober for almost two years after living a life where alcohol became something I looked forward to, too much. It interfered with my well-being. I thought coming from a family that suffered from generations of substance abuse and alcoholism would make me stronger and resistent to this horrible disease. I was wrong. It caught up with me. As I say, “my family’s gene pool is filled with alcohol.” It was the BEST decision I ever made, to quit. Our culture celebrates alcohol to a fault, IMHO, and my hope is that the narrative changes a bit. I don’t want to be preachy here – I can’t stand that approach. My post this morning is about sharing a sense of vulnerability – taking a risk – in hopes that it inspires someone who reads this. That’s it. But maybe more.
We talk to our students about the importance of taking risks, putting themselves out there, failing – all to learn more deeply and grow as as humans. Shouldn’t we do the same? I am sharing something publicly for the first time to a community of writers. I’m tearing up as I type this. I am nervous yet exhilarated. I hope I am reaching the right “audience” – that my “message” echos and/or helps someone – and that my “purpose” rings true.
Thank you SOL for providing this opportunity. I just breathed a huge sigh of relief coupled with joy.