Kris sent me this: “Write your own obituary. 2 versions. A booze related life/death and a recovered life/death. I think this could be a great tool.”
So here are my versions:
Obituary #1 Drinking
Belle died at age 68 at home under suspicious circumstances. Her body was found a few days after she died. No signs of foul play, but things weren’t quite right. Her career took a bit of a nose dive when she relapsed at age 48. She never really found out what her passions were. She never made the perfect doughnut. She is survived by her ex-husband. No children, no immediate family living nearby. Wolfie likes to keep drinkers on their own, without connections, isolated. A life cut short. It’s not just that she didn’t ‘live up to her potential’ … it’s that she didn’t even try.
Obituary #2 Sober
Belle died at home with her (lovely and younger) husband at her side. She was 92. Sober since age 46, she did a lot of things that other people think they’d like to do, but never try. She started a catering company in a new country, and turned that into a bakery empire — bringing homemade doughnuts and bagels to the world. She was invited to be on the Oprah show when she discovered the perfect lemon doughnut. Her bakery/cafe franchise serves the ONLY Turkey sandwich with cranberries on sourdough bread in France.
She communicated with 10,000+ sober people over the years, had sober breakfast meetup events across the US, Canada, Europe (and Australia!). She wrote 3 books, recorded 1000 podcasts, and slept at least 8 hrs a night. When asked what the secret to life was, she said: “just start. go slowly. but start.”
and you? send me yours and I’ll share some in an upcoming micro-email.