I want to thank everyone who took the time to contact me about yesterday’s update. Many of you wrote to congratulate me for celebrating five years of 100% drug-free living (thank you!), but I also received quite a few emails and PMs from people who are struggling to overcome their own addictions.
Some of you asked me for very specific advice. Unlike that egotistical jackass Dr. Phil, I’m not comfortable dispensing advice when I’m clearly not qualified to do so. Addiction is a very complicated subject, and there’s a real possibility that something I say – even with the best intentions – could do more harm than good.
There are essentially three areas on the subject of addiction that I feel “qualified” to talk about: openly discussing my own experiences with addiction, describing how I managed to overcome those demons and strongly encouraging others to do whatever it is they need to do to rid their lives of drugs and other destructive behaviors. Some of you will be able to find the answers on your own (and, of course, with the support of those around you), and some of you will need assistance from qualified professionals. Be honest with yourself and do whatever it is you need to do. Overcoming addiction is very difficult, but the rewards are great. The past five years have been the best years of my life – no contest.
Life is so short. Think about that for a second, because it is not just an expression. When I was 20 years old life seemed as if it would go on forever. When we are new we feel invincible, but that’s just an illusion brought on by lack of perspective. George Bernard Shaw famously said, “Youth is wasted on the young”. Man, isn’t that the truth!
No, I promise that I’m not having a mid-life crisis! I simply want to encourage everyone reading this to live their life to the fullest. You’ll never get today back again, so make it count!