Living Life On Life’s Terms Often Is Exhausting, But It Is Equally If Not More Rewarding

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 05 October 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

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Learning to navigate through the demands, frustrations, and even anticipated joys often feels like an additional task within itself.

So, each evening I lay my tired body down on my bed, to rest and sleep away the previous demands of the day, I smile and consider the miracle……..I made it through one more day, substance free.

At that moment I thank my Higher Power for my wonderful life. It is beautiful and nothing like I ever expected, but it is rapidly developing, and I first time in my life, I am not resisting.

With that said, it seems to be that the more clean and sober days I gather, the more challenging life becomes, but not in an awful way.

Each day, life gently says to me, you can handle it, you are prepared; it is what it is.

Just step up to the bat, focus and hit a homerun. More often than not, these days, I am hitting homeruns.

My batting average seems to improve in direct proportion to my sobriety.

Challenges no longer frighten me…….that feels so good.

To be honest, when I actively consumed prescription pills, I was so scared and afraid of everything. If I did not avoid something, I delayed it.

If I absolutely had to face it, I focused so much energy on how to make it easier, that I had no energy to actually put toward the actually task.

Sobriety has developed my character so much, that once again, I face things head on, just as they are. I focus on the solution and the task at hand.

As a result, although there still are only 24 hour hours in the day, it is as if I am accomplishing more. I really, somehow, get more done, live a more joyful life, and almost effortlessly complete tasks that once baffled me.

I don’t waste time complaining or gossiping, and I prioritize everything.

Also, I pray a lot. I converse with God throughout the day, and in the evening, I go for a walk alone and talk with God.

Recently, one evening I was walking and talking with God, when I looked up and realized it was the first time that I had recognized the stars in the sky. It was a remarkable moment, almost like an out of body experience.

The reality is that the stars had always been there, but because I was so busy living in my head as child, as an adult too, not to mention dealing with attaining….credentials, money, people, etc, that I missed beautiful moments, like looking at stars in the sky.

People often greet me with, “How are you?” I reply, I cannot complain.

That is the way I feel, no matter what…..I cannot complain. Why? Because I know that no matter how challenging a task that life gives me, I can handle it, because I am clean, sober, and finally have faith in my ability to overcome anything sans alcohol or prescription pills.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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