What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?


Now that you’ve gotten clean and sober, you may be thinking, “Now what?”  People around you may have wanted you to clean up your act for years and are now anticipating your next move.  It’s important for you to remember: this life of sobriety is and will always be for you, not anyone else.  If you’re ready to explore options of what you’d like to do with your life, it may be a good time.  Deciding where you want your life to go can be an overwhelming task.  The most important part is you’re in recovery and now have the ability to ponder options.
Making a list can be a great place to start.  It’s an organized way of approaching one of life’s biggest questions.  Write down five things you could see yourself doing, then organize the list from most to least desired.  Don’t worry if it’s something you have no idea how to do; that’s why schools exist.  Do you feel passionate about anything on your list?  You’ll want to approach something you’ll enjoy doing.  Life is about being happy and finding joy in the things we do.


Some may say the million dollar question is,  “Should you follow your dreams or be practical?”  The answer is, it depends who you ask.  Being practical can be boring, yet it can also be stable.  Following your dreams can give you a great sense of pride and accomplishment.  Ideally, your dream job would be practical, but it doesn’t always work that way.  If this is case, chase your dreams.  For so many years you drowned your dreams with alcohol and drugs.  Now that they’re floating to the surface again, chase them.  Be fearless and show your addiction it doesn’t run your life anymore.  


There isn’t a magic age when you need to decide what you’d like to do.  Many people in their fifties and sixties will say they still don’t know what they want to do when they grow up.  If you choose something that you don’t like, it’s okay.  You’ll simply need to start over and find something you do like.  There is nothing wrong with a fresh start.  In fact, it can be liberating.  The most important thing in life isn’t the journey you’re on, it’s that you’re enjoying the ride.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit.
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