ok. so we’re doing this 100 day challenge thing, right? There are 35 people signed up now which is pretty awesome. I am on day 289, Amy is 130, MG is 9, Heidi is 35, and Sunflower is 24.
I got an email from K, but she’s not the alone in saying something like this: “it feels really strange to email you and not be giving anything back to you in the way of support! you are like a cheerleader to me and i so love getting encouragement from you!”
A few people have said that they’ve stopped sending their daily emails because they were worried they were ‘bothering’ me … 🙂
And I’m thinking, “WHAT?” It’s hardly a bother bother to hear that you’re sober. It lights up my day. Every morning I get up to an email inbox with 5 or 10 or 20 sober messages. It’s tearfully wonderful to hear from you, every day, as often as you want to write. Even when you’re having a bad day.
In fact, i think of this team 100 challenge as my own personal sobriety insurance. Like, what are my chances of willfully relapsing now? zero. i’m not kidding. it’s really a big zero. that’s a big gift for me. Money can’t buy that kind of insurance…
Did i know that being your sober penpal would be such a big deal for you? No idea. None. I still barely understand it. I’m super glad, of course, but i’m perhaps as surprised as you are 🙂
You saying thank you is enough.
You being sober is enough.
With permission, here are quotes from three of my sober penpals:
Lawyer Anne: “I feel like my perspective is different this time. Usually I would feel like I was missing out on something and feel jealous when my husband has a few beers in the evening. This time I realize I’m not jealous of him… There is nothing to be jealous about because alcohol does me no good. I am not missing out on anything, but making a good choice for me. … As each day passes I am feeling energized and relieved by my decision to finally just stop. Not take a break or a month off to see how I feel. But to shift focus back to living my life. It sort of takes the stress off a little to make that final decision. I’ve not felt this before and I’m hoping it means this time around is different. I know I have the power to make it different.”
Lawyer Anne is on Day 7.
Carrie: “Something is different this time. I don’t feel like I am harboring some dark, dirty little secret anymore. I don’t feel like I am unique. Because i told you, that I can’t drink normally and I reached out for help and I’m getting that help from you and Team 100 and everyone who blogs bravely about this fucking shameful secret. I found someone who understands and now I don’t feel alone. It’s a little about accountability, but it’s a lot about finding empathy and support and advice that I can draw from when I am faced with difficult situations. I have real people who share my problem and we are all rooting for each other now. That’s what’s different and it makes it a ten times easier than before. Taking the problem out of my head and putting it into an email was all it took to change my journey.”
Carrie is on Day 36.
Brandy: “Alcoholism runs deep in my family … my drinking got worse since my dad passed away in December 2009. I recently went to treatment, and have relapsed 4 times since January 2013. I literally just have a little over 24 hours sober time [at the time of writing this email]. I would like to participate in the 100 day challenge and am ready to finally have My life without Drinking. I am soo happy I found your blog! I will pass it on to other people I know who are struggling.”
Brandy is now on Day 6. She emailed three times yesterday, sounding better and better as the day went on.
Do you see what I see? Can you imagine how fabulous it is to get to know you?
OK, enough cheerleading, now it’s time for me to rant a bit. Take the support! Are you really looking at this and saying “not sure i want to email her it might be bothering her.” Take the support already [you knew i couldn’t end this without a metric ton of swearing. here’s more…] you’ve got to be fucking kidding me, of course i want to hear from you. you’re super amazing. yes, you’re an introvert, or yes you’re not blogging. any possibility that i like hearing from you cuz i like you? Really? no chance? of course I like you. You’re honestly telling a story of you. What’s not to like? Do you think you’re “not worthy, and who’d want to get to know you?” Enough already 🙂 There’s is at least one weird (sober) chick here who gives a shit, who cares if you’re sober or not. But in fact, there’s a whole bunch of us here in Team 100. We’re all cheering for you. and waiting to hear from you. and to hear about you. and learn from you. and share with you.