“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
I finally broke free from binge drinking in 2006, a whole 15 years after I realised drink was my downfall. For a whole host of reasons, I tried to stop but couldn’t and this quote by Mark Twain is so true. I’m happy that i finally stopped, but would have loved to have stopped long before!
If you’ve not yet come across Lolly Daskal, then you really should check out her Twitter feed or her blog. Lolly has written tons of articles on empowerment and on change, many of which have helped me in my journey.
One of her latest posts talks about 32 points to a happier life.
As I read through her article, I realised that most of these points are ones I’ve worked on in the process of giving up drink. Especially points, 1, 4, 6 and 32.
My aim is to have a life of integrity, something that was impossible before giving up. A sense of purpose is now something I very much have, and hope to raise my kids in a new way as a result of who I am now that I no longer drink. There are many others that I can relate to in her list. I recommend you reading it to see if there are pointers there that can help you in your journey.
I’d certainly like to hear what you think and if there are any that really stand out for you. If so, write in your comments and let me know.