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Opi Red
opiferum wrote in harm_reduction

Quote full of hope.

It's never too late to be who you might have been.
- George Eliot (who was actually a woman!)

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Once upon a time, I really loved these sorts of "hopeful" quotes...
However, now they read a bit differently for me...
In that nowadays, I read them because they're pretty and hopeful...
and my realistic expectations are never far away,
because I don't like to be disappointed (or hold a false expectation).

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I had to deal with a LOT of grief earlier this year, because I still believed I could become who I was before I was a drug addict. It was the most difficult thing I had to do and I spent a LOT of time resenting the people around me that had brought me up with so much false hope, that I was still hanging onto it as an adult because as a child, I actually believed the people that told me not to give up hope because somehow, I didn't even have to hope... it would just happen...

Returning to LJ was one way I accepted that my future wasn't going to pan out as I had previously hoped as soon as I gave up drugs; because when I gave up LJ back in February 2009 when I was still using, I did it because I didn't think it had any place in my future.

I'm so glad that I can accept that kind of stuff now, and it doesn't take me a whole lifetime to get my head around it... and if I wasn't supposed to be who I might have been, well, what's wrong with that? Nothing. I am quite happy to accept my path and make the most of it every day.

"You don't have to be great to get started, you just have to get started to be great."

I like your version a lot better!!

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