It is Taking Me an Eternity to Understand
Imagine my surprise when I learned, after lengthy sobriety, that I still wanted to be alone!
Maybe, I figured, my personality traits are what they are, and my drinking did not cause them. I always thought that everything that is wrong with the way I felt, and the way I acted had everything to do with my troubles with alcohol. Now, I’m starting to realize that the way I feel and act is not a result of my excessive drinking; rather, my drinking excessively was caused by the way I felt and acted.
Some people enjoy solitude, and thrive in it. I am not one of those people. I love being alone for brief periods, but always feel anxious when left by myself for too long. With my sidekick alcohol I was able to withstand longer periods of solitude, and effectively avoided growing. Now that I am keeping my alcoholic tendencies at bay I am able to begin to understand what makes me tick, and why I need both solitude and involvement. I now realize that the beauty of sobriety has a lot to do with possibilities. Before I managed to keep prolonged sobriety there was a very good possibility that every day would end pretty much the same way; me, alone and intoxicated. Now, there is that chance, but if that is how things go it is me who made it so, not my innate need to isolate. The options I have are limitless, and I do not have to find a place to hide away.
Understanding comes slowly to some people. For me, it is a journey, not a destination.
I think that if I ever do understand everything, I’ll have eternity to be by myself. In the mean time, it is nice to have the choices that sobriety gives me, and the knowledge that who I am I always was.
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