Today marks 25 years since my last drink.
There was a time when 25 hours without a drink was pretty much impossible for me. Now it has been 25 years.
On past anniversaries I have recounted the bad times and how lucky I was to come through them. This year, for the silver anniversary, I want to celebrate. I want to think of the good things that have happened in my life that may not have if I had not quit drinking that night two score and five years ago.
To start, I have a life partner with whom I am deeply in love. We have been together now for almost 23 years and will be together that many more if we live that long and that many afterlifes or whatever comes next.
I have a job where I am respected that I have held for more than seven years.
I have created organizations that are thriving to this day and that have helped countless other people to live more authentic and rewarding lives.
I have had dozens of articles and poems published and also fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a book (with more to come).
I have written 23 full-length plays, as well as one-acts and monologues.
I have won several awards for various things.
I have helped others find sobriety and/or move away from lives filled with drinking and drugs. Not that I want prohibition; I’m talking about people who were like me and were killing themselves with it.
I have squarely faced childhood horrors and have become an outspoken advocate to make sure the things that happened to me don’t happen to others.
I have learned to love myself and more deeply love others.
I have lived longer by many years than I certainly would have if my behavior hadn’t changed.
Twenty-five years ago I started a journey that led to all these things and more simply by recognizing that alcohol was destroying my life and possibly–probably–killing me. I stopped one night, not knowing for sure whether I could actually do it for good, but knowing that I had to try.
25 years later I would say that it’s clear that I could actually do it.
Today, on this silver anniversary of my sobriety, I am proud of this accomplishment and all that I’ve done in the intervening years. I look forward to the next twenty-five.