The most important thing is that we think about this language, and that people in recovery have a seat at the table in the creation of media accounts surrounding drug and alcohol use and/or addiction. It's a complex, present, and every day discussion. Ask them to be a part of it. Ask us. Because this is an "us" issue, not a "them."
“The spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
I am 18 months sober.
I belong to myself.
Two days, one lot of velvet paintings, two squirrels in a canoe, unlimited vintage clothes and cookbooks. Why you need to mark your calendar for next year's World's Longest Yard Sale.
"How come that time was different? What switch got flipped?
I don't know. Grace. A miracle. There was a radical, radical grace that day."
I just told my story on a podcast. Like a 50-minute podcast.
This morning I woke up to strawberry cake crumbs on china. To paintbrushes and paper plates and empty La Croix cans, remnants of the night before. I used to have get togethers at my house all the time, elaborate Santa parties and back to school nights and book clubs. That stopped when I had to start fighting for my life. But I have a big glass table, and serving ware, and the ability to cut cheese into squares. Does one need anything else to entertain?
A guide to what to eat, where to ship, and what to do in Venice, California.
“Tomorrow is overrated.” It is? That may be the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.
Tomorrow is overrated.
This line stings and burns more than any tequila I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve tasted a lot.
I believe we all need spaces where we can be heard, where we can express ourselves safely. To bring to the light our darkness and to still be accepted. Porches, patios, malls. Whatever it takes.
As someone who has worked in an office for 19 years straight (albeit not the same one), I'm adjusting to the freedom that comes when the 9-to-5 goes away. It's good, and sometimes difficult, and always revelatory
But first, the details: The sale is held each year as part of OLS' annual Fourth of July Festival. It's free to the public at 9 a.m., but you can pay $5 to get in at 8 a.m. It's worth it to pay, because people line up before dawn for this sale. It's that good. More than 10,000 items are displayed inside the 13,000-square foot air conditioned gym, with furniture and art in the parking deck. You can get all the details at the OLS Trash and Treasure Facebook page. Volunteers work year round, including an entire month leading up to the event. It. Is. Spectacular.
I know how difficult addiction is to fight even when you come from a place of privilege. This disease doesn't discriminate. Though there's a growing movement of people speaking up about their losses and experiences, the stigma remains. Like this Guardian story says, "drug users have long been one of the most demonised and marginalised groups in society."
So that's why I went to the federal building with a sign that says "Recovery = Resistance: We're already fighting for our lives. Don't make us fight for our healthcare." It's us.