My story, both for the good and the bad, could have easily been represented in those rocks. My story has been weathered, damaged, chipped away by one event after another, never fully broken, still standing. My life, like those Magic Mountain rocks, were once dark and grey, colorless. They were just rocks in an isolated desert, serving no purpose, but today, like my life, those rocks, they serve a distinctively fun, meaningful, colorful purpose to exist. Seemingly overnight, an object that most would never believe could change its existence, did. These rocks, like my life, now has color, filled with a meaning to be shared with others. This story, my story, closed one chapter on April 16th, 2014 when I had my last drink, a chapter filled with darkness, and life being lived without meaning, a story that is now being re-written by a new author, the Sober Voyager.
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.
Throughout our page, you will find one simple message, we encourage you to support a story, and then Pay It Forward by sharing a few words of hope, inspiration, and encouragement. When I express the words (Pay It Forward,) it is encouraging you to set an example for others that it is possible to live a life of happiness. Paying It Forward is the ability to show others that you care without ever expressing a single word. Paying It Forward is understanding that with each story you support you are directly helping to offset the cost of rehabilitation for an individual in need. Paying It Forward is about creating a lifestyle worth living for our next generation.
Last Monday, May the 22nd, I embarked on a 3,491-mile trek across the United States. One might ask, why, or whom did you do this journey with? My answer, myself, and because I could. Just a little over three years ago I surrendered my driver licenses for the 3rd time in my life. Three DUI’s, three embarrassing court appearances, three humbling and harsh reminders of just how much my addiction to alcohol controlled my life.