Remembering September 11, 2001

I am not really sure how to start this post, but I do know what I want to write about. 9/11 was an absolutely heartbreaking day for all of us in the USA! It was a tragic day for human kind. We will never forget!

I remember the day clearly. It was about 9 am when I got home from my boyfriend’s house that morning. I opened a bottle of wine and turned on the TV. And then the first plane hit the World Trade Center tower, I just stood there in disbelief. Is this real? I could feel an indescribable fear filling my heart. There were people frantically trying to save themselves by jumping out of the tower windows. There were people covered in the ash running through the streets. AND then the second plane hit. OMG. It was like something out of a horror movie, it made no sense, it was numbing, it was terrifying – I don’t have enough adjectives to even describe it. It just didn’t seem real.

I called my dad that day, to see if our family in New York City was OK. As I said hello, he burst into tears, OMG, I though. Then he said, mom (my step-mom) has breast cancer. He said she was in the hospital and after the biopsy coming back positive for an aggressive stage 4 cancer, she was in surgery to remove the two large tumors – and just like that, the day’s events had a whole new meaning.

I think I drank a bottle of wine during that 30 min conversion. Then I drank more as I watched the news and as the events of the attack were unfolding. I didn’t have a job, so I had no where to be or go. I just sat there and wallowed and got drunk. I never went to see my mom in the hospital that day, I just had no idea that I should. In fact, it wasn’t till she was back at home few weeks later that I finally went to see her. All I felt was my self-pity – why is this happening to me?!

That’s what alcohol did for me. It was my drink all you want card – my mom has cancer, gulp, gulp, and thousands of people just died, gulp, gulp, have another! I was so emotionally unavailable, and totally incapable of doing anything but numbing myself by getting drunk. I was so self-absorbed and in my own little world! I often think of that day and the fact that I didn’t go to see my mom, and I feel that shame and guilt all over again.

But today I also have to remember how far I have come since that day! How different my life is now in sobriety. How I was able to be sober when my mom was at the end of her journey and that I was able to give her support, take care of her and just be of service to her and my family.

Today, I have to remember the countless lives that were lost in this tragic event. And the power and courage of all the people willing to risk their own lives to save others! I have to remember all the firefighters and EMTs and first responders, the orphaned children and the widows, the mothers that lost their children and the nation that in so many ways will never be the same.

I also have to remember the miracles that come out of this day dreadful day, the human strength and perseverance, the kindness of strangers, the comradely of all, the amazing spirit that came through in the days and weeks after this event!

Through every darkness, there comes a light! Keep shining on!


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Maggie, this is such a well-written and courageous post! I love getting to know my blogging recovery friends, and I so appreciate when someone takes the time to include me in their lives! Thanks for posting this, and I really agree with the end… there is always a light, we just need to persevere until we find it!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. It was so hard to write this. Such a strange and huge realization, I just had no clue to go visit her! None! And I am having a hard time with it. It’s been heavy on my heart. But I must move on. This sure makes me even more grateful that I am sober today and present and available. It’s a true miracle!

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  2. Oh sweetheart… My heart aches in reading this. What a heavy day, yes. I’m even happier I could make you laugh.

    Alcohol had its grippy little hooks in us, but thankfully, we have broken free. We’ll always have our regrets, if you read my Grace post you know I have my share too, but the longer we choose sobriety, the longer we can repent and put kindness and good and light back into the world.

    I think if we can remember our past, if it can teach us and steer us wisely in the future, then we can view the horrible acts with a silver lining.

    And when all else fails, just rock out with LL Cool J and daydream about Ryan Gosling. It works for me. 😉 hugs! Christy

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    1. Thank you so much Christy! So nice to hear the support and encouragement! You are so right, this is how we learn to not repeat the past and do better in the future! I guess this is part of growth! 🙂

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