7 Years

Dear Readers,

I don’t look at days sober anymore, unless I write a blog post. I don’t even think of it much. I just carry on with life! As I reflect on seven years of not drinking, I realize all of my worries about quitting did not materialize.

Not that it was easy, and there were times I felt left out, or had wishes I could escape by drinking, but at this time, all I can see are the positive things that being sober brings me. The freedom I feel from the constant battle of addiction, is the most wonderful of all. Freedom from hiding, from shame, freedom to drive, to cope, to love.

There is simply nothing that is made better by drinking!

It’s one of the hardest yet most rewarding things I have done. I definitely needed accountably, which is why not hiding in shame was so helpful for me. It’s why for me, telling everyone I knew that I needed help, gave me a world of support.

There are so many benefits to not drinking! It seemed so hard at the beginning, and I had one relapse, and several slips. Slowly but surely, one step at time, I made it this far. (You can read my story here.)

So many people to thank, my biggest number one fan is Mr. UT. He has been fiercely loyal and loving even when things were hard.

With Hope to All Who Still Struggle,

May you find the strength,

On Day 2256,


14 thoughts on “7 Years

  1. Congratulations, Wendy! I’m right there with you at 7 years, and I really enjoy your poems and photos! Looking forward to being a retired teacher soon and heading out on regular hikes with my husband, like you and Mr. T. πŸ™‚ All the best to you on your sober birthday! Enjoy!!

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  2. Massive congratulations to you. It is true, it is so very hard but so very rewarding to take the step! I too told everyone I was giving up drink. I knew if I hid it, it would not happen. Finding freedom is something really worth celebrating πŸ₯³ ❀️❀️

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  3. Gallllll what a way to start a post… with that gorgeous photo of you!!!! And the words are perfect and inspiring too. You and Mr. UT are freaking adorable!!! (that last one with the speech bubbles and the happy faces!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†) Nailed it. :)) Happy 7 years. I just passed 7 months (again, and a big part of me wishes I had not lost the way or it would’ve been nearly 2.5 years now, but well… shit happens, and maybe for a reason) and I agree with all of what you’ve written. Love from a day 214 ;)), and thanks for sharing. :)) xoxo β€οΈπŸ’

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