Raising the Bar – Beyond Sobriety

Raising the Bar – Beyond Sobriety

Much of my life in sobriety has been an effort to become a better person. This is quite the change from my life in active addiction. When I first entered recovery, I had extremely low expectations about what I wanted for my life. I wanted the consequences of my drug and alcohol use to disappear, and I wanted not to be miserable. I was all too willing to settle for my circumstances to be just a little better than they currently were.

My life changed drastically at the beginning of my recovery, and I soon realized that sobriety allowed my ambitions and dreams to grow and expand. I went from having no sense of purpose to having an intense yearning to find something that would provide real fulfillment in my life. It wasn’t enough for me to get sober—I needed to do something meaningful with my life.

Around nine months sober, I reflected on the changes that had happened in my life. The relationship with my family was healthier than it had ever been, I had real friends, and I was happy to wake up every day and live my life. However, something that I felt was lacking was an impactful career. I was grateful to have a job, but I wanted to do more and learn more. The problem was that I did not know how to get from where I was to where I wanted to be. It was suggested to me that I should go back to college. While this seemed like an obvious answer, I had a lot of fear surrounding school. However, I knew that I needed to raise the bar in this area of my life and I couldn’t let fear stop me.

My first couple of semesters in school were difficult, and it took me a while to figure out how to manage a collegiate experience along with all the other things I had going on at the time. Most things in life that are worthwhile are not easy, and this was no exception. Going back to school was one of the best decisions I have made, and it has provided many opportunities for growth and change.

Wes Ward

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