Accepting & Living with Sobriety

Image by Ryan Lash ( during the TED Residency Portraits Session.

It took me a long time to learn how to smile, genuinely laugh, and to really feel good about myself and the choices I’ve made.

It’s easy to laugh and smile when you’re mad, intoxicated all the time, and numb to the things around you. It’s a way of hiding.

As long as you can create a sense of escapism through whatever vices you’re into, you can’t truly feel what you need to experience to break cycles and grow. You can’t control those feelings, and it’s hard to dig deep into what you’ve avoid all the time. Escapism controls you. Which often times makes me wonder about my past: did people laugh with me or at me?

With a clear mind the world opens up to you. Through sobriety you get to see who you really are without the distractions. You get to feel.
Addressing your mental health issues does not make you weak. It makes you strong.

Learn to smile without the distractions, vices, addictions, and falsifications of reality. It will make you feel weird at first but it’s the most freeing experience in the world.

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