It’s a bit cliché, and heard often. There are many variations of the premise. Maybe it was Aerosmith that said it best: ‘Life’s a journey, not a destination’
The meaning behind all of these cliché phrases, are to not just enjoy the end, but enjoy the journey.
How true this has been in recovery!
For me, using was all about getting where I wanted to be, right away, nobody could stand in my way! I always wanted what I wanted, and I wanted it yesterday. It was all about the end product. The destination and getting there as fast as I could.
This mindset carried over into sobriety. All I could focus on was being where I wanted to be. ‘I can’t wait til I have a year, I can’t wait until the weekend, I just want to get through today’.
Then it started to dawn on me, if I was always looking so far forward, how could I enjoy what was happening now? If I was so focused on day 365, what about day 41, and 78, and 135 and so on.
The truth of the matter is, we will always have goals we are in the process of reaching. We will reach some, create new ones, fail at some.
But, if we are just waiting for the goal to complete, we’ll be doing just that… waiting.
So, to everyone out there. Enjoy today, it’s ups and down, everyone and everything!