My name is Dan for the sake of this blog and me keeping a bit of my anonymity intact. I’m a sober alcoholic in AA for more than ten years. At various times I have went to other fellowships, but for me I discovered over time that AA has all I need when it come to a 12 step program.
I grew up in a city, moved to another city, and now live in my third big city. Sounds fairly stable doesn’t it? Well it is now, however for most of my life I was running away. If you had asked me from what I could not have given you a clear answer.
I discovered I was running away from myself. Yes, it’s fairly obvious that was never going to work.
I stopped running when I got sober in AA; its not that I didn’t want to run, but for some reason I couldn’t anymore. I wanted to be sober. It didn’t matter to me that I believed that being sober would mean unhappiness for the rest of my life, living in a grey world.
I got sober in Alcoholics Anonymous. I believe that it works. I don’t know if it works for everyone – it doesn’t seem to. I think there are lots of ways to get sober – but this is the one that worked for me and I know about that. So if I don’t talk too much about other ways to get sober on this blog it’s because this is where my knowledge is.
Why the countryside photos in your blog posts?
When I stopped drinking there was no beauty left in the world, from where I was anyway. Over time the beauty came back into my life; some of the first signs of beauty that I noticed were the leaves on the trees, the sunset, a beautiful sunset reflecting off light clouds. That’s why.
And why do I write here?
I really, really like writing. I write for a living and some would say that I need all the practice I can get. This project has been running around on and off in my head for the last few years. Should I write about something so close and personal to me? What do I have to contribute? I’ll let you make up your own mind on all that, and I’m just going to get on with it.