I can't imagine how hard it must be to struggle with addiction. Whether it's drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, food...it really must be painful. I've watched A&E's Intervention, and each episode leaves me with tears streaming down my face and a heavy heart. I know people who struggle with addiction, and I know people who know people who struggle with addiction. And let me tell you, I feel helpless. Maybe you've felt this way, too.
On Twitter today, @steelcitydiva announced that her husband, Shane, has been sober for 30 days as of today. She was so excited! And while I've never met @steelcitydiva or her husband, I'm excited, too! What a wonderful accomplishment and show of courage and strength. So, as a way of spreading kindness and hope, I told @steelcitydiva I'd give her husband a shout-out. He deserves it. It's my way of giving him the hug and high-five I wish I could deliver in person.
Apparently, Shane said to his wife, "Why would anyone care if I'm clean or not?" The answer is, because you're a human being. And you share this earth with people who love you. And you have the potential to change someone's life, even if you don't believe it. Someone loves you, Shane. Someone needs you. Someone believes in you. You have a soul, and that makes you worth more than anything in this world. And that's why people care if you're clean or not. Because you are irreplaceable. Because we're all trying to get through this thing called life, as messy and complicated and fussy and ugly and difficult as it is, and it helps if we do it together. But life is also beautiful and precious and lovely and funny and amazing. And so are you.
I commend @steelcitydiva and Shane for deciding to take it one day at a time and to fight for Shane's life. They're climbing the mountain, and I believe they'll make it to the top. They're almost there.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please seek help. And know that Secret Agent L is praying and rootin' for you. And sending so much love.
Happy Friday, Everyone!