Female Aging Issues In Recovery
I wrote the poem Female Aging Issues in Recovery when I was in my fifth year of sobriety. I went to AA & NA faithfully. You can contact either of these fellowships to get information regarding location, days and time of women’s meetings as well as other meetings.
Was and still am grateful for my growth following the 12 Steps of recovery, my sponsor’s guidance, and the meetings.
For the first few years, I didn’t attend many meetings that was meant for women only. Then as life showed up I realized the meetings alone did not help me with the female issues I was encountering. I learned a lot about Powerlessness but it took me awhile to connect that with other aspects of my life. I was totally focused on staying clean and sober living in a pink cloud.
another day no using I’m so blessed
I had learned to have respect for my Higher Power whom I call God and the Lower Power that was the keeper of temptation to use alcohol and drugs. So not to risk relapse I asked women for help.
This To Shall Pass
Not playing games with my recovery I found my way to women’s meetings that allowed me to address my concerns. I realized once again I was not unique. Heard a lot of suggestions on how to address the emotional, physical and relationship issues that concerned me.
A few people suggested I go on a trip and relax let my mind flow. So I went on a cruise had a lot of fun and determined that my biggest issues was my job and my husband. Came home quit the job. Took me two weeks to figure out I should have kicked husband out. So took another trip came home and got that done. Happily ever after I am now with hubby #2.
Fellowship Meetings, Women, and Aging
The women’s meetings and friendships I established helped me get over myself. As a group, we empowered each other. Very similar to a post I wrote about the benefits of masterminding.
I hope you enjoy this poem and get where I was coming from when I wrote it.
Female Aging Issues In Recovery
THEY TOLD ME
ABOUT THE 12 STEPS OF RECOVERY
ABOUT THE 24 HOUR PLAN STARTING MY DAY OVER
THEY TOLD ME ABOUT SELF-DISCLOSURE
AND WHAT NOT TO DO AS WELL AS WHAT TO DO
IF I FELT I WANTED TO USE
BUT NOBODY SHARED WITH ME
WHAT TO DO WHEN MY HAIR
STARTED TO THIN
THE HOT FLASHES CAME
AND HE CHEATED
WHEN THE FAT SPREAD
AND THE SKIN DRIED
NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUT THE QUICK THOUGHTS
BUT THE SLOW MOVES
ABOUT THE BODY ACHES AND THE
THEN I REMEMBERED
THEY TOLD ME ABOUT POWERLESSNESS
AND IT CAME TO ME I CAN GROW
OLD GRACEFULLY OR SHAMEFULLY
AND ON ANY GIVEN DAY
I CHOOSE WHICH
By the way, my bones still hurt, my hair is still thinning and sex is marvelous without alcohol and drugs. It is only in my mind when I pull up in the driveway that I am moving fast to get out of the car. I just laugh and ease myself out of the seat no longer mourning the so-called good old days.
I love myself so much and my hubby tells me how beautiful I am even on those days when I think “he has got to be kidding.” The bottom line is I live life on life’s terms. It’s too short to be miserable over the inevitable.
You May also enjoy reading: 5 Types of People you Need in Your Recovery
Twelve Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholic Anonymous (affiliate link)
Narcotics Anonymous Step Working Guides (affiliate link)
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