Coming up on a significant sober milestone, I’ve been thinking about how I tell folks I don’t drink anymore. The automatic statement is “I quit drinking”. Some of the responses to that have been “Great!”, “Good for You!”, and the quintessential “I’m no quitter!”
That last one does drive some spikes through the skin. Because in my mind, and many of those that have taken on the sobriety journey, it means everything. It means getting something completely negative out of your life, and hopefully for good. It means quitting a toxicity that could potentially kill you. It means quitting a horrible existence. To me, those are all POSITIVE reasons to be a quitter.
I am a proud quitter! I truly am. I have quit smoking. I have quit animal products, I have quit alcohol. But you know what all that did? It made me a CREATOR of my life. One piece at a time. One healing moment at a time.
Instead of quitting smoking, I created a whole new running career for myself. I’ve run over 65 marathons, several of them on multiple days. I’ve run 100 miles in one shot. I’ve had injuries that have taught me patience and awareness of my own body and physical wellness. I’ve met more people that have become part of my tribe and are amazingly good humans.
Instead of quitting animal products, I created a whole new way of eating. Along with that, I’ve been able to save many animals from being on my plate. I’ve saved my arteries from unneeded cholesterol and saturated fat. I have a new appreciation for the earth we inhabit and the sentient beings we share it with. I have healed my body with nutrients I would not otherwise have even given thought to. I have shared my knowledge of plant based eating along with environmental and ethical issues with those who have asked. I’ve met more people that have become part of my tribe and are amazingly good humans.
Instead of quitting alcohol, I created my whole new life’s adventure. I rediscovered my moxie. I have found my true authentic self and my purpose. I am overwhelmed by the pull I feel to help others who have struggled like me. I have saved myself from poisoning my body, mind, and soul any further, and God forbid, causing any harm to myself or others. I have found my clarity and focus for life’s passion once again. I am now giving back to others and helping them on their journey to find their life’s adventure. I’ve met more people that have become part of my tribe and are amazingly good humans.
Notice the theme… creation and my tribe. What are you quitting today to help you create something magnificent tomorrow?