todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
that I don't regret the past nor do I wish to shut the door on it
I have lived a blessed life. I had 2 fine parents who raised me the best they knew how. I went to excellent public schools and then a wonderful university. I had a couple of jobs (teaching and office management) before I found my niche in the oil exploration industry. I travelled to over 30 countries and lived and worked in more than 20 of them. I got to meet and work with a wide variety of humans of various cultures. But there was always something prevalent in my life -- alcohol and getting drunk. I did that every day, without fail. I did it with passion and for the most part, enjoyed every minute of it.
I can look back on those 33+ years of drinking and see a rather sad individual. Lonely. Afraid of people. I lived a life with little purpose except to be more than adequate at my job and to stay as drunk as I could get away with.
And I don't regret it for one minute.
It got me to this point.
The one charm of the past is that it is the past.