Photos: Bikes

Story from Katherine

[Belle’s note: have tissues handy]

Hi Belle, there is a recovery story behind my bike picture that I want to share with you…  The first picture [I took] yesterday was of my bike in the garage and seeing the dusty, cob web covered bike “hanging upside down” on the hooks!  I thought ‘well, nothing like taking a crappy pic to send to Belle and share this disappointing bike situation with everyone…but oh well…it is what it is!”

Then I realized why I didn’t like the upside down bike photo…it was like ME drinking!  The upside down bike resembled my drinking life being ‘upside down’! I too have sat in a dark place, feeling all alone with drink in hand and letting cob webs fill my heart and soul.  Stuck upside down, getting less air in my tires and more creepy spiders on me and in my head!

When my hubby had asked me where I went with the camera outside, I told him about the ‘bike photo’ and he seemed pleased and interested.   I then jumped in the shower and thought about all of this and realized how symbolic it all was.  A bit later I looked out the back window and saw MY bike and my hubby was cleaning it off!  I realized it was like how he has lovingly supported me in getting clean and ‘right side up’ and ready to start peddling again!  I didn’t ask him to do that for me….he just did it!  I saw how much he loves me!

So the shadow picture today means….  “Look at ME!!!  I’m here in the sunshine making a beautiful shadow!  No more upside down, dirty, dark garage for me to sit and rot in…it’s time to GET MOVING and GO PLACES!!!”   This girl and bike have adventures to go on!

Bet you didn’t realize how much would come from this bike assignment!  lol  I didn’t either, but I’m so glad I did it!  Another successful recovery assignment!  Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you!   My bike even thanks you!  lol Hugs, Katherine

Assignment #3 Bikes.

Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures, this post is now closed to new submissions.

If you want to join in for the next assignment, stay tuned 🙂

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I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • Thank you so much for all the kind words and support! It’s so nice to be a part of this sober community…thanks Belle! I’ve been reading blogs for the last 9 of the 10+ months sober and the support here is priceless and precious! I just recently started commenting and feeling strong enough to join in and I’m so glad I did! I spent many early sober days feeling all alone and ashamed of my drinking, which I guess is normal. This is a safe place where I can be myself (anonymously) and among other strong, caring individuals who are on the same sober path!
    What awesome photos everyone took! I love Erin’s, cause of those cute piggy toes! 🙂

  • Katherine your story was heartwarming regarding how supportive your hubby is.
    I don’t have the hubby , bf, significant other and I live alone. I would love to have that one on one support. is there anyone out there like me or who feels this way?

    I gets real lonely.

    • SoberorBust, it’s also possible that you may advantages that other people don’t have. For example, it’s often tough to quit drinking if we have spouses who continue to drink heavily. Having support is great, but not all husbands are supportive : ) It might be easier, in fact, to get sober as a single person – less explaining… We just have to find you some other supports, like best friends, AA, counsellors, neighbours, and sober penpals : ) The grass isn’t always greener. everyone has their own challenges… If you’d like to join us in Team 100, we’d be glad to have you. Hugs Belle.

      • That is so true Belle. Sometimes my husband and children are huge drinking triggers for me. I have had to learn to deal with family relationship conflicts without drinking and hiding from them!

  • Wow I can totally relate to Katherine’s email.
    yet at the same time I didn’t submit a picture. I was excited about the bike photo. planned to dust off the cob webs and ‘ride’ my bike’. I didn’t get there . I got a case of the i’m sober and miserable and have no social life. bc im afraid of people getting to know me. on a good day I know im a really cool person , on a miserable day which is this weekend all I can think is I suck. ugh