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Sober since 3/1/14. I got sober while out traveling and following my favorite band, down in ATX, then NOLA, Birmingham etc during Mardi Gras. I had the gift of desperation & was willing to completely surrender anything & everything of my former self. I have been completely sober since and a proud member of AA! Since getting the clarity from my sobriety I have since prioritized & simplified my life many times. the relaity is that by getting sober my life has been expanding and I must constantly prioritize that which is truly important, today. Many aspects of my former identity have been discarded, matured & or evolved into who I am today. So in a nut shell I work more, have more friendships, while remaining emotionally accountable & available to my family. I travel less and unsure if this was a byproduct of sobriety or just a natural aging into my forties. It does seem that my life has taken on a larger collection of things that I am now responsible for. My life has expanded so much that to travel wherever & whenever would jeopardize that which I have been blessed with since. My emotional sobriety and growth from recovery spill out into many areas of my life. I am joyous & seek very little today. I appreciate what I have & suggest that anyone who is desperate enough to completely surrender themselves to be earnest & thorough in your pursuit of sobriety. Many will learn of underlying root causes that caused their alcoholism & addiction. Its a tough road to travel when one must get 100% honest with themselves about who they are, how they live & what company they keep. I do not avoid alcohol but I do not hang out with drunks anymore. I usually have a sober purpose for being/going anywhere. Sure, my pack is still packed but it gets used less frequently. If I hop trains or hitch i attend meetings & hang with others in recovery. Its so much more than simply not drinking alcohol for me today. I had to totally rebuild myself out of the remnants of my past. The house cleaning continues and there is always so much to learn.