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    Raven, I think you have hit upon a brilliant thought here "when we drink, we delude ourselves that it is part of the fun"........! Wow! How true that statement is for so many of us.

    For me, I always thought that having a drink or two would make me more outgoing, more fun, more spontanious.....but truly it made me obnoxious and rude and usually led to making a fool of myself and feeling awful and ashamed. Surely I was not the life of the party!

    These days, I love being "part of the party", remembering all that went on, appreciating the fun and interactions and being able to wake up the next day with warm memories without regret! I no longer "delude myself that alcohol is part of the fun"!

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    Raven.joy;772911 wrote: Sorry if you misunderstood my previous comment. I meant that when we drink we delude ourselves it is part of the fun. However when we sober up we see how much fun life really is and the alcohol somehow dulls/lessens our experience of it all. Likewise when we strip away the distractions alc doesn't seem much fun anymore.
    This is a really good point Raven. And when I read your other post (the one you clarified with this one) I really got a vision of sitting totally alone in a room with a drink in front of me. I felt the lonliness and darkness. And that is EXACTLY where years of drinking led me. To the point that I wasn't even deluding myself anymore that alcohol added to the fun. I was just sitting alone drinking. And that is all. And it definitely was no fun.

    I appreciate all the posts here on this thread. Once again Kate..this is a good one.

    DG

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    The wisdom in the words spoken on this thread
    The authentic place that each of you is coming from.
    The renewed enthusiasm for life and the deep gratitude expressed.
    This is what being AF is all about!
    I am honored to be in your company.

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    Congrats KateH1


    Just Realized that KateH1 is recently 2 years AF
    Well Done Kate
    Well Done!!

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    Happiness, contentment and total freedom is what I have been given and in retrospect the work involved to get here was not much compared to the rewards. Of course I did not know that at the start either and for me too it was ODAT but the rewards were quick to come and that kept me going through the ups and downs of changing the habits of a lifetime. I can now go anywhere and do anything without even thinking about it – a far cry from the tiny world of binge drinking/smoking that I used to exist in. I also sometimes wonder why I sabotaged myself with AL for so long – most of my adult life – over 25 years in some form or other. Maybe deep down I was afraid I would not measure up to my own expectations of myself so if I did not try to be the person I could be then I could not fail. I can honestly say that the last year and a half has been the best time of my whole life – the most challenging but also the most rewarding and I am so glad that I did measure up to this challenge in the end. I am fit and healthy and so happy now it’s impossible to comprehend that I was hell bent on killing myself only a short time ago. For me personally I followed the program as closely as I possibly could on the basis that I had no clue how to stop the cycle of AL abuse - if I had I would have surely done it long before then. I read every post and followed practically every suggestion that was within my means – I would have eaten horse shit if someone told me it would help. There are so many people on MWO who inspired me to keep going – those ahead of me and those behind me and those sharing the journey with me and the sharing of information and tactics and tips was a big part of my success. There are plenty of us around to show that it is possible with a bit of effort to change the habits of a lifetime – it may not be easy but it sure as hell is worth it! We are all worth it…. and its never too late to stop hiding behind the bottle and be the best person you can be.
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    Great post, boozy!

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    very nice.

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    Greenie suggested I read this thread. Love all the Optimism!

    I'm "only" at 11 days AF. But it crosses my mind: HOW many days have I totally wasted in my life?? OK. Can't go there...

    Now, I Remember my days and enjoy the "simple" things. I pray I can hold on to this.

    Merry Christmas!

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    Hi Kate, great way of living alcohol free life, I'm inspired with your words, and will try to follow them.

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    Fantastic thread, thanks for bumping it!

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