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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.

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