20 Bizarre Things I am Grateful for in Recovery
Everyone is in recovery from something. Sometimes it is just a bad attitude, like me. How do you fix a bad attitude? Gratitude lists, errday.
20 of the most bizarre things for which I'm grateful:
1. Dumpster Diving: I dumpster dive and I am not embarrassed. Being creative keeps me sane. People leave beautiful "in need of love" furniture on the street, and I love refinishing wood. I found these small planters in the alley bin the other day. I glued some magnets on the back of them and voila, succulents on my fridge.
2. GPS: I struggle in traffic. It used to be my biggest trigger for a breakdown and I'm sad to report that it is still the number one thing I hate in life. Google Maps' traffic feature helps my mental anguish so much.
3. Lavender: You get your sense of smell back when you quit drinking. Guess what? Lots of things stink. People, cabs, Ubers, airplanes...etc. I carry my EOs.
3. A healthy relationship with aging and my weight: You see far too many people all syringed up and underweight nowadays. I can't buy into that. Literally, I cannot spend money on lady-drugs anymore. I am completely against being a lifelong consumer buying drugs women think they need like wine and Botox. Down with marketing drugs to female insecurity. Up to self-love.
4. Carrie Fisher. She said a lot of things about addiction/mental health/women before she passed that has made a huge difference in my thought process.
5. Indoor toilets: Long story, but I had to pee on the side of the street the other day. My hoo-ha was frozen.
6. Snow boots: Not the most attractive attire, but I wear them every damn snowy day.
7. Walks: Walkin' for my noggin' I call it.
8. Respect: We should respect everyone at all times, but mostly I am grateful I can respect myself now.
9. Clothes washers: I spent 4 days without one last week. There were piles.
10. Fingernails: I never paid much mind to mine in my drinking days. But, your health really shows in them. True story: when I gave up drinking my nails were the first thing to show my recovery. They slowly got stronger and clearer. Just like me. And, everyone likes physical evidence of a lifestyle being good for you.
12. Pillows:I used to pass out after drinking wine on my stomach with no pillows. Now I shove one between my legs, behind me, under my head...let’s just say it, I build a man barricade.
13. Glass: I love pretty glassware. I don't break nearly as many now that I am off the hooch.
14. Free time: It's my favorite thing. What do I do? All the things including #15 and #16.
15. Books: I read at least one a week. I NEVER did this in my drinking days. I'm currently reading this book by Catherine Gray.
16. Paint: On canvas, on walls...it beautifies and allows individual expression. My pink abstract painting is on point.
17. Smiles and laughter: My smile is a bit wonky due to a glass picture frame being pelted at my face. But, I love me “as-is.” I didn’t for a long time. Laughter is the cure for everything. I recommend lots of it.
18. Anonymous acts of kindness: People that brag about doing kind things are the worst. Just do kind sh!t, minus the parade.
19. Opposing viewpoints: Done with respect, it creates movements. My man jokes that my social conscience keeps me up at night nowadays. It doesn't. That's his snoring.
20. Water: I am a self-proclaimed aquaholic. La Croix all day, errday.
I am grateful for the ability to feel gratitude itself. Screw the list. This one is the list.