[IMPOSTER SYNDROME is "a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success."]
"A Leopard Never Changes Its Spots"
"Once a Drunk, Always a Drunk"
"You'll Never Be ANYTHING But A Drunk"
"We Don't Like You or the Horse You Rode In On."
"You're Not Welcome Here."
"You're Full of Liquor, Full of Yourself and Full of Crap."
"It's Not Just You We Hate, It's Everything About You."
"You're a Worthless Piece of Shit and Deserve No Better."
"You're a Fake. You're a Phony. You're a Failure."
"Okay. I admit it. I'm Awkward, Lazy, Crazy and Dumb."
STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP.
We, All of Us in Recovery. None of Us Are Perfect. None of Us.
But we deserve respect. Change is possible. We are learning to be kind to ourselves and to others. We are learning to not be so hard on ourselves, to in fact treat ourselves with kindness. Say YES to Recovery. Embrace your feelings. Unravel the mystery that a sober life brings forth.
I could go on an on, but I know anyone who has gotten this far in this post knows exactly what I'm talking about. Speaking only for myself, I have learned that there is no them or us, that we are all in this thing called life together. We are all broken. We are all healing. Life is Good and Getting Better Every Day Without the Drink or Drug.
Liquid Courage. Pill Power. Fuck that. We are learning to be better than that, to be what we are on the inside, to not allow the world-at-large define us.
This post is so damned incomplete, but I want to get it out there, Rough, Unhewn. Unpolished. It's okay. I'm okay. We are human. All of us. IMPERFECTIONS DO NOT AN IMPOSTER MAKE. Just breathe.
"Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more."
[PLEASE NOTE: If you got through this post, there's a very good chance you can get through this day Clean and Sober. Go Get 'em, Tiger! SEE, You're not a Leopard AFTER ALL!]
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