I’m Still Standing!

Hi, I AM still standing…when I’m not sitting or lying down, but still standing! LOL

The long cold nights of winter have never been my friend and I have been fighting the call of one of my spirit animals, the bear, to hibernate.  It seems that I’ve outdone my previous life expectancy and am now old enough for stuff to fall apart, and it is. After a lifetime of digestive issues, my liver is shot, I have stage 2 liver damage and have had some bad health days as a result.  I also had a major arthritis attack in my hands, wrists, feet, ankles, and knees that put off this blog too; but enough with excuses!

Actually, let’s talk about excuses for a moment. You see, I ROCK at excuses! I have been coming up with great excuses to hide my social anxieties for decades now.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, I have had digestive issues forever and could blame them even when they were not the culprit. But I’m done with making excuses and am going to do the things I want to, not do the things I don’t want to do and dismiss anyone asking for an excuse!

I left my last post off when I started attending AA in 1980 which caused quite a bit of a stir. You see, up until the 80’s the attendees at AA were older men, with few women, let alone a 17-year-old girl.  Add to this that I had been ‘taught’ to introduce my self as “chemically addicted” rather than “an alcoholic” like everyone else said at meetings. This caused such a ruckus that people broke out in fights over my ‘right’ to attend meetings and many felt I was too young to be an alcoholic anyway! LMAO, I ended up staying clean and sober out of spite for the first few years!

Because of these issues,  I became familiar with the 12 traditions of AA which govern this organization; this has been one of the greatest gifts I received in my time attending AA meetings. Next time I will talk about the 12 and 12, as we call them, the 12 steps and 12 traditions of AA.

Thanks for hanging in there with me, much love to each of you! Lyn