On 9 September 2013, I marked a big fat number 3 on the calendar: Three years without a drink.
It’s still in my head and I still, and do, have to remind myself that it is a good thing. It is isn’t it? Of course, it is you bloody idiot! Every now and then, I still reflect on what an absolute idiot I have been with alcohol. I do hope that one day I will be able to stop blaming myself. I’m sure that day will come, so in the mean time I will concentrate on the positives of a better relationship with my wife, my children, my friends, myself and how much better my life is now that I don’t consume alcohol.
I can now run a full 12 km with no trouble at all. I do sit-ups, push-ups, dips and squats. At 55 years old, I think I’m just as fit as I was when I was 30. I just love being out on the track running. It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. Not just the getting fit but also the fact that I couldn’t, wouldn’t be able to do it if I hadn’t made the choice to stop drinking booze. It makes me feel self-empowered, strong and in control of myself. This in turn helps me to make the decision each and every day not to drink.
At the start of this year, I decided to take another new turn in my life and commenced study to become an Assistant in Nursing – Acute Care. By December, I will be qualified and out looking for a job in the health industry. Who knows maybe I can find work helping others with their addictions.
The single most inspiring thing that has happened to me over the last three years is to have found Rahul’s web site. From the time I read of his account of his own journey, I felt that he was a “real” person. He is. Rahul always has time for an email chat. So many websites are written from a corporate type point of view but they can’t relate personally. At first, I thought that Rahul was fictitious but after three years, I can assure you that he is real. I know that it is a business for him but I am happy with that. I’ve been in business before and making money is no sin. I’m just so glad that Rahul seen the opportunity of his own disgrace and turned into a positive that can help so many people with a drinking problem.
One of my long-term goals is to meet him in person. Well done Rahul. You deserve a knighthood!
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