what that means to me is that i now have been sober 33 years.. in 1979 i went to my first aa meeting, and have been sober scince.. i pretty much spent my 20's more or less continously intoxicated, with a healthy dose of canabis, and other drugs of the time.. curiosly i was abale to walk away from the drugs, but not the alcohol.. (and of course tobacco was yet another story)
i sobered up at age 32, and with todays birthday that means i have now been clean and sober for a little over half my life.. funny thing how if you drank like i did, the first little while of your recovery is burned in your memory.. 79 was like this year the first fell on sunday, and i remeber walking into the club drinking weak coffee with shaking hands, and being welcomed.. going to at least 3 meetings that day.. the last being a speaker meeting
ironically i didnt mark the date down, in fact i was able to reconstruct the date by months end, only becuase of the meetings that day.. the last wednesday of the month, was a birthday meetings.. these are always start out with the oldest, on down.. i think that month there was someone around 20 years, who i lisntend too, folowed by more old farts.. the final speaker was a lady named sally, i listened in rapt attention to Sally, she had a year... an amount of time i could only dream of..
the years have been good to me.. while i do today suffer with some medical issues.. the fact remains i would not be alive today had i not got sober.. i can thank folks like Bill & Dr Bob for my life, as well as folks like many of you..
today i will hit a noon time A A meeting, then this evening my local Nicotine Anonymous meeting, to pick up an 8 year chip there.. all in all a big day in a big week.. thanks for this forum.. and a place to share i am gratefull to be here..
please forgive any faux pas in spelling, as i am dyselexic ..