I have been following Annie’s blog, A Dappled Path: https://annieuk101.wordpress.com
since well before I stopped drinking. Annie has been struggling to give up drinking for a long time. A very long time.
Annie had a Day 1 the day after mine. By 16 April I was at Day 16 and Annie Day 15. We were both doing so well but boy was it tough. Although I didn’t comment on her blog, I read it avidly. I felt a strong affinity to Annie – her story felt very similar to mine. Although she didn’t know about me, in a way I felt we were in it together. I was willing us both on.
Annie made it through a few more days and then relapsed. I felt so sorry. But I was convinced she could do it – I still believe she can.
Annie is on Day 1 today. I have been thinking of her a lot.
Compared to some, my sober journey so far has been relatively straightforward. Of course I am grateful for that but I don’t really understand why it is that I have made it this far but others have not – not yet anyway.
Fellow blogger Freefallingintosober wrote a very moving post about this recently:
I have re read her post several times today particularly the last paragraph. Please take some time to read it.
I am blessed that I have been able to stop drinking. I had always known that one day I would have to stop but that day was a very long time coming. Any longer and I am certain something really bad would have happened. I was heading for disaster at breakneck speed.
I will not judge those whose own journey is different to my own, those who take a different path. I will never take my sobriety for granted. I hope with all my heart that Annie will get there in her own way.