I am not an alcoholic nor have I ever suffered from any addiction. I share this with the utmost respect of all the brave and courageous souls that wish to better themselves through programs like AA. I share knowing this is a sensitive subject for some and I will not disclose any details of the people in the room, but only of my experience as I perceived it. I share this because I have a desire to learn how we heal ourselves.
I did not ask permission to attend a meeting. I did, however make sure this particular meeting was "open" to everyone. And like the majority of these "acts," I was highly nervous. I kept an inner mantra in my head, "show love, be love" to un-do any of the nerves or negative thinking that would keep me from staying. I was there to listen, without judgment, and hopefully gain some understanding of people that were "seemingly" different than me. As the meeting began, right away I felt comfortable. I really love when people open their hearts and share who they are. And this is exactly what they were doing. I also loved how free they spoke of God, spirituality and their own demons. I loved how self-aware and open and safe they felt while sharing and thus, allowed others to feel, as well.
I just kept wondering why, outside of this setting, are we so scared to share who we really are? Why would it take a "rock bottom" to change perspective? I will never know what it's truly like to walk in their shoes; but I left feeling that maybe...we aren't so different after all.
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These blog posts are part of my #40daysoffearlessacts Challenge. When I turned Forty on June 6th of this year, I decided to STEP-UP my life and created a "40 Days of Fearless Acts" challenge. Follow along as I step out of my comfort zone, do things that scare me, that I've never done before and/or are just plain silly and make me laugh!