No this isn’t about the now infamous Disney song, I promise not to break out the lyrics. How often do we say to family, friends, or significant others “Just let it go”. How many times is it spoken to us or more importantly do we say it to ourselves? The words just roll off the tongue like they are no big deal, a shrug of the shoulders, say it, do it, wipe the slate clean, and move on. If it was only that simple. If it was, broken hearts, broken relationships, missed opportunities, feelings of hurt, guilt, and shame, and the should of’s, could of’s, would of, would not monopolize so much of our time, our minds, and our hearts.
Speaking from personal experience, letting go has been both a positive and negative experience. Over the last 10 months I have learned to let go of a lot of garbage, toxic stuff I was carrying around. That’s the thing about getting sober, it forces you to examine just about every aspect of one’s life. The good the bad the ugly. I spent so many years feeling inadequate, unhappy, and generally sad. I carried so many feelings of shame over my behavior, especially when I would drink. Learning why I felt this way, why I drank, and letting it go has been freeing, life changing. That’s not to say that I don’t struggle with feelings of inadequacy or sadness, the difference is that I know how to deal with those feelings, and I do it without picking up a drink or other unhealthy behaviors.
But not all situations and circumstances are easy to let go of, broken relationships, wondering what if I had only done this, or what if I try this, creep into my head. My mind is taken over by self-righteous thoughts of, well why the hell not me! I pray and try bargaining with my higher power (I call God), please give me another chance.
The funny thing is, that I know that God has a plan in place, he has since day one, I need to let go of control. 10 months ago I started this journey, it most definitely has not been easy, everyday I must make a conscious effort to let it go, the past that is, life is so much simpler and I am so much better off living in the now. Does that mean I completely forget the past? No, of course not, I have respect for it, but I need to move forward and not dwell on the should of, could of, would of. Everyday I need to remind myself to let it go, whatever it may be. I know I will be ok😊