I had never been sober 2 years before. I had never been so vulnerable and open and available. And I had never met anyone like him. We were a sensation everywhere we went. We looked good together. We were good together. We were both sober, attractive, and very funny.
He lived on the western slope, I lived in Denver. We were commuting back and forth. It was so lovely. Until it wasn't. It is amazing to read my journals from this time because I don't really remember how good it was and how long it lasted. In my mind, in my memory, it was only a month or two and then it just didn't work. But that is not what happened at all. My memory is not a reliable thing.
My job was going great. I became a licensed insurance agent. I worked for a large multinational firm. I got two promotions in my 3rd year of sobriety. I was working in marketing and got to travel all over the place just chatting people up. I really loved it. I got to put together proposals and quotes and all kinds of complex programs for people. I got really good at doing some weird rating for workers compensation insurance. I won't even go into it... it was fun. It was the first time I realized I might have a gift for some strange math. Not adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, but some really weird formulas. I also realized that I had some really good interpersonal skills - which was a revelation to this person who had always had such a difficult time getting along. I had visited my sister in New York City, she took me to Saks and bought me a complete wardrobe. I had THE most fabulous clothes! It was really an amazing thing for someone who an overweight drunken housewife just a few years before.
I was going to tons and tons of AA meetings. I was sponsoring quite a few women. I was a step nazi. I really thought it was all about "the work." I was very involved in service at a group level. I was very grateful to be sober, even if I didn't yet realize anything like peace of mind. I guess I thought I had - since compared to my drunken state, my newly sober state was peaceful bliss!
On my 3rd birthday, I wrote this in my journal: "I'm Mary, I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic. By the Grace of God and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have not found it necessary to take a drink of alcohol for three years! Thank you God. This is something that is entirely beyond me and my capabilities. But you gave me the strength and willingness to do the footwork and then you took care of everything else so beautifully. Thank you."
I look at this and think - good, I was STARTING to get the idea. But there was a lot of pain ahead....