3,737 Days

(September 21, 2009)

I am turning 40 mid-December of 2009. 40 seems to be a turning point for Generation X-ers, because I have seen my peers go wonky-nuts at about 40. I went a little nutty at 37, anticipating this. At 38, I was already mentally 40. And facing 40 in three months, I am seeing that my life is about to start.

Julia Child completely changed her life throughout her 40s. After her first meal in France at the age of 36, she attended Le Cordon Bleu then opened a cooking school at 39 with some friends. At 49, her first book was published (Mastering the Art of French Cooking); at 51, she started her career as a PBS chef on The French Chef and only retired in her very late eighties. She spent a lifetime (50 years) doing something amazing–teaching Americans to have fun with cooking haute cuisine.

I may not have that type of stamina to do something that amazing, but there is no reason for me to stand by and let life pass me by, especially if I get two to four more decades to do it in.


(August 26, 2010)

When I wrote that, I had no idea where I would be eleven months later. I certainly didn’t expect to be at goal weight and using this blog as a 12-Step recovery tool. I am thankful for the people I have met along the journey, and as I approach my first birthday in abstinence (HP-willing), I am looking forward to a lifetime of spiritual growth.

For people who would like to contact me privately instead of add a comment (Oh, but I do love comments, so feel free to leave them–even critical ones!), I have an email address that people can use: innerpilgrimage (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sorry it’s not a click-through, but I’d prefer to keep the spambots at bay for as long as possible. Thank you to everyone who has worked the program before me, for your efforts have made me understand the program better. I needed you then, when I was trying to learn more about my addiction and how the 12 Steps could help me, and I need you now, while I am working toward a lasting, lifelong recovery. Thank you, also, to everyone who works the program after me. Time does not always reveal everything, and I have found some of my greatest HP-message moments from people who were just starting out in OA. I am humbly your student, and I appreciate the wisdom of experience and the hope of a fresh perspective to keep me walking the spiritual path.


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