Getting uncomfortable isn't easy. Taking that first step towards the unknown is scary. Engaging in that first conversation is terrifying, but giving up my last drink was impossible. Then I did it again the next day and the next, and today I have given up my last drink nearly 1,500 times. Come join a tribe that is owning our lives, living our lives, helping each other live our lives to the fullest.
My willingness to let others in on the best version of myself is a direct reflection on my ever-evolving tribe of friends. They say you can’t fully love someone until you thoroughly love yourself. I believe you could say the same thing about your tribe. I may not know the secrete to creating the perfect tribe, but this is how I am reshaping what I would consider a perfectly impact tribe.
My weekend at Forecastle was much more than a celebration of music and fun, it forced me to not only listen to my own thoughts about sobriety and addiction issues, but it forced me to hear it from others just like myself. My three days of music at Forecastle was not only a celebration of our first 90 days of sharing our message, but it was a combination of how much our story truly means to complete strangers. We were able to connect with new friends and listen to their stories, whether our message was being worn to honor a loved one that had passed away, or to show support for a friend, our message gave hope that life should be lived, because it is short. Addiction is real, and no matter how much we want to run away we will never outrun our own shadow, even Peter Pan had to learn that.
There we were, the four of us, marching in unity for a beautiful cause. A cause that in the 1970’s was looked at like the Sober Voyager’s mission is today, a movement based around addiction, a societal epidemic that is still being viewed by the mass in a negative light. Addicts, the scums of the earth, worthless to society. Harvey Milk arrived in San Francisco in the early 1970’s, not publicly open at the time, Milk’s legacy turned into an activist for equality. Nearly forty years later I marched in a celebration of unity and equality with nearly a million advocates next to me.