The Players Tribune
I haven’t had a drink in almost 14 years.
I remember when I first admitted to myself that I was an alcoholic. One of the main reasons I decided to get help was that I wanted my mother and father to see their son sober again before they left this earth.
That was in July 2006.
But when my father passed in 2018 at the age of 95, I honestly thought it would be too much for me to handle. I was so afraid that I would fall off the wagon. Take the easy way out when trying to cope.
And I almost did.
I almost slipped.
When you’re an alcoholic, it’s times like those that test you the most. When you’re seeking comfort. When you’re confused or in pain. When the s*** hits the fan.
When you’re an alcoholic, it’s times like those that test you the most.
And that’s where we are right now as a society. As a country. As a world.
The s*** has definitely hit the fan.
And it’s such a strange and difficult time because now, while this COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to isolate ourselves, what we really need more than anything is each other. To feel whole again. To feel normalagain.
Or just to know that we’re not alone.
That’s why I’m writing this today. Because there’s a particular community of people who I know need each other now more than ever. A community I’m proud to say I’m a part of.