Something to Look Forward to

Used 2013-07-11 Looking Forward to It (AlKHall Sobriety Recovery)

I Feel You

When i drank, i looked forward to drinking and i looked forward to drinking because i looked forward to forgetting i had nothing to look forward to.

Sobriety not only saved my life, Sobriety gave me a life worth saving.

A corollary to that expression is,

Sobriety not only gave me a future, but gave me a future i can look forward to.

You know me (and if you don’t it’s because you’ve had your shots), i’m all about living in the present. Still, i can’t deny i’m looking forward to spending vacation with my family because being sober means i’ll be able to enjoy it more. i’m also looking forward to this weekend because there are 2-3 concerts in the park i’m going to see. i’m looking forward to going to bed soon because i’ll curl up under the blanket with my electronica and read and watch movies…

i’m looking forward to 10 minutes from now because i’ll ‘meditate’ to good music while i wash dishes and i’ll feel good about turning off the lights on a clean apartment. i’m looking forward to a few minutes from now because i’ll post this puppy and have the feeling i’ve accomplished something. i’m looking forward to a few seconds from now because i like looking for funny pictures to attach to these posts.

i’m not saying life is always good, but it’s a damn sight better. And keeps getting more so.



About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on July 11, 2013, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I saw the notification email for this post, and I looked forward to reading it as my computer was bringing it up. I read it, and reflected on all the good things I have to look forward to.

    And I now look forward to your next post!

    • Lol! Look at you, as sweet as you are clever. It’s nice to have you around, my friend, we all need more Miracles in our lives!

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  2. Truer words never written, Al! We try and live in the moment, but of course we have plans. We need to have plans. So like you, I do look forward to things that make me happy. I don’t look forward to things that I perceive that will make me sad or fearful or pained. I don’t see why we can’t look ahead to things that we have going on! I too love the idea of going on my days off (like today!) and the things I can accomplish. Or not accomplish…maybe take a quick nap or just lie around.

    Great stuff… 🙂

    Enjoy the concerts!


    • Hey Paul,

      Truer words have already been written on your blog, so there!

      And the weekend has been a blast, thanks very much!

      Keep coming back, brother,

      Al K Hall

  3. Yey! Have an awesome time! And enjoy the now moment and the next moment of your amazing sober life!

    • ‘Amazing’ is really the word. Everything about this journey i’m on now is amazing and i wouldn’t trade any of it for one day of drinking.

      Keep coming back!

      Al K Hall

  4. Enjoy the sober vacation. Imagine that….planning a vacation without planning the assurance that you have enough to drink every day of your vacation. I’m looking forward to that too.

    • With my family, finding booze isn’t a problem. It’s either right in front of you or someone’s bringing it! What i’m most looking forward to are vacation mornings. i can’t believe i missed out on 30 years of mornings…

      Thanks for the comment, and keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

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