Life is too sweet to be bitter

25 Jul

4:52 pm

I came across a story today that about Kris Carr, and it totally inspired me. Here’s her final quote of the piece:

I think that life is just too sweet to be bitter. Once I was able to change my focus, desperation led to inspiration. I made so many changes, and I thought: This is an awesome life. I mean, honestly, I don’t think anyone has a better life than me. How can you live with the knowledge of cancer? I might not ever be able to get rid of it, but I can’t let that ruin my life. . . . I think: Just go for it. Life is a terminal condition. We’re all going to die. Cancer patients just have more information, but we all, in some ways, wait for permission to live.

For many reasons, this struck me as relevant to sobriety. It strikes at the core of what we avoid as drinkers: we wait for permission to live, we live in fear, we don’t just Go For It. Once we change our focus, we can go from desperate to not drink to inspired to live life.

Today, I’m reconfirming my commitment to running more, embracing the challenge of developing balance in my life, and giving up (trying to) the Diet Coke. If there are small things I can do (juicing might come soon, why not?), then let’s DO THIS.

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6 Responses to “Life is too sweet to be bitter”

  1. brandyshocktreatment July 26, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    I think juicing will be moving up my list as well. I’ve always been interested in that.

    • Drunky Drunk Girl July 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Me, too! I just can’t seem to “live” on it, but one meal a day (or a snack) couldn’t hurt, right? I’ve been experimenting with smoothies (though, I don’t think yogurt works for me in large amounts when blended)… Kale is my new bff now. 😉

  2. Katherine July 26, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Great message! We do all have a terminal condition! So let’s GO and let go of bitterness!! I needed to hear this today! xo

    • Drunky Drunk Girl July 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Me, too! I need to hear this every day, as I DO hold onto some things that cause me to grit my teeth and feel bitter. Deep breath, it’s a process…

      Thanks for reading, Katherine!

  3. Recovering Slut July 27, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    “we wait for permission to live, we live in fear, we don’t just go for it”

    Wow. Reading that left a lump in my throat. Describes me to a tee. I’m really looking forward to getting to a place where I’m not living like that anymore. I needed to hear this as well. Thank you!

    • Drunky Drunk Girl July 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      Aww, thanks for this. It’s so true, isn’t it? And, we can get to that place, we really can. It all becomes possible, without a second thought. The drinking thing is so temporary, the struggle, the head games, the anxiety and depression. TEMPORARY. xx

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