Yesterday, March 28th marked FOUR years of sobriety for sissy #2. I could not be more proud. What an incredible accomplishment. We were talking about how 4 years seems like forever, yet feels like it was only yesterday at the same time. We are different people now. Better people. My sobriety date is a few days later, and I am convinced that I would not have been able to stay sober and stop drinking if sissy #2 had not made this brave decision first. I remember envying her conviction and determination to be done with it all. She truly gave me the extra kick that I needed to take my sobriety seriously. I have never considered myself a leader, and it took my little sister taking a stand to stop drinking, to help me realize that I could do it too. For reals this time. I had tried before on my own, multiple times, and had failed miserably. I am so thankful for her strength and her courage to begin the journey into sobriety.
It is beautiful to see the centered and grounded woman #2 has become over the past 4 years. Now that alcohol isn't in the picture anymore, I have noticed she has had so much more space in her life to pour into the relationships she has with our family. She is so present. So caring, and so considerate...hilarious, warm, and witty. To name only a few. She is such a loving wife, daughter, sister and auntie. It has been truly inspiring to watch her marry the love of her life last year (who is so perfect for her), to then becoming a home owner, and all while working as a nurse (without any restriction), helping people everyday. This past year, I have also married my best friend, and we're now expecting a little girl in October. These things most likely would not have been even close to possible if we had still been living with our addictions. Of course there are still challenges and anxieties that rise up. Especially during these uncertain, isolating times. It's comforting to know that through all of it, we won't turn to alcohol to numb us or to try to escape whatever uncomfortable feeling we're experiencing. We have so much to be grateful for.
We never have to drink again. We're free. And because of this, I'd like to think we are less selfish, and more loving humans.
Thank you God for all you have done.
I love you sissy, with all my heart! And I'm SO PROUD OF YOU.
Cheers to another amazing year of sobriety ahead!!