The author on how to be happy despite yourself. Or, at least, how he attempts it.
Mood music for this post: “In My Life” by Ozzy (covering The Beatles):
When anyone writes about their journey from addiction and mental illness to recovery, it’s easy to focus on the darker things. But the truth is, I’m a pretty happy head case. I may be financially strapped and tired, but my head is in a better place than it was when the situations were reversed.
The big reason is that I have God in my life, and, by extension, wonderful family and friends. And my head is clear enough after all these years to see and appreciate that.
I also have one of the best jobs a journalist could have, and several writing projects in play. Since boredom is an addict’s worst nightmare, I’m grateful for this.
I also don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night puking stomach acid or spending my mornings binge sick like I used to.
Today I get to plan out my security conference travel schedule for the fall and see a dear friend and her family this evening.
I’m in my favorite chair by the living room window, watching the sun rise through the fog at 5 a.m. A strong cup of coffee is on the table beside me.
There’s plenty of happiness to be found when you’re a head case. You just have to know where to find it.
Switching subjects, a lot of new readers are asking me about the back story to this blog. I’ve pulled together all the relevant links on who I am, what I was, what made me change and what life is like now in this collection.
Seize the day.