You could never know what its like
Your blood like winter freezes just like ice
And there’s a cold lonely light that shines from you
You’ll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use.
And did you think this fool could never win
Well look at me, I’m coming back again
I got a taste of love in a simple way
And if you need to know while I’m still standing you fade away
Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I’m still standing…
I’m here, I have arrived. 1 year, 365 days, 8,760 hours. Although to get technical today marks my last drunk, tomorrow marks my 1st sober day. I get confused as to which day is the official anniversary, so I plan on honoring both😊. There would be no sober date without the last drunk date.
Holy cow! A lot has happened over the last year! The biggest, waking up in a hospital, ashamed, sad, and scared; but utterly relieved that I didn’t have to lie or hide or feel like crap anymore…I had Surrendered, and Admitted that I was completely Powerless over alcohol. I was so ready to feel better and move on. Little did I know how difficult that would be. Through heartache, resentments, anger, dishonesty, selfishness, and depression (just to name few), I have persevered and found my true self, a scared, lonely, unhappy little girl, to no fault but her own. I discovered the reasons for my addiction, more importantly, why I fed the disease.
Glenda from the Wizard of Oz said it best; “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” (I know I’ve used this quote in a previous post;)
That power includes genuinely liking me, for who I am, I am exactly who, where, and what I should be, (this is still a work in progress, darn control issues;). My faith and spirituality has changed and grown immensely. My kids have their mom who is present every day and love them more than words. I have a job that I am truly passionate about, and my coworkers and patients can depend upon on me. And my family and friends’ know the real and healthy Katie.
I am entirely grateful to those who have saved my life (some remain anonymous, but I know who you are and carry you close to my heart). Without the program of AA, my ‘sober sisters’, sponsor, the Cleveland Clinic alcohol and drug recovery program, and most importantly my higher power(God), I would be broken, or in jail, or dead. By the grace of God I’m still here, standing, excited for the future, but living in the moment, one day at a time.