In my entire 40 years, I've never once been high or intoxicated. Still, an AA program would serve me well. Approval Anonymous. A support group that could help eliminate my need to be accepted by other people and direct me toward the sense of self that I am just beginning to claim after decades of living inauthentically.
I recently hit a MAJOR body/weight/exercise milestone. No, I didn't lose 10 pounds. Nope, I didn't finish a half-marathon. Nah, my pants aren't feeling any looser. My milestone involves me... in the nude... looking in the mirror. And rather than beating myself up for what I saw, I gave myself grace.