It was 8:20am and I had spent the past 30 minutes sipping coffee, smoking cigarettes and scrolling through Facebook in my morning Wake Up ritual.
I glanced at the clock, groaning.
“I really should leave for work”, I thought, as I logged into my WordPress account and leaned back in my chair, hoping for a little red notification symbol that told me someone had read my blog. “I’ll just have a quick look, it won’t take long” I thought, ignoring the fact that I was going to be late. Again.
To my surprise, there was more than one like, more than one comment to approve. I actually had to “see all” to see them all.
“What the crap?” I said out loud, clicking the stats bar. “141 views? WHAT?”
I took a screen shot and posted it to Facebook. “Holy crap on a stick! Before this, the most visits to my blog in one day was 42! Look at this shit!” I shouted at my friends.
That was when I noticed that I had other referrers besides Facebook. I had no idea how my blog post, written for the small handful of loyal followers I have accumulated over the past few months, could manage to garner so many views.
I clicked the Freshly Pressed button and almost fell off my chair when I saw my banner on the page. That little banner I spent hours making in Microsoft Publisher, coloured line by coloured line.
I thought that was going to be the most overwhelming part of my day, but boy was I wrong.
Instead, I have been blessed with the most supportive, encouraging and inspirational comments from complete strangers spanning all parts of the globe. And only a few weeks ago, I was feeling incredibly isolated and misunderstood.
Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read, like or comment my posts. The internet can be the most magical community. It constantly reminds me that despite all of our differences, despite all of our own problems, humans can’t help but connect with and support each other when they see that someone needs help.
I didn’t think I could be more determined to succeed in my sobriety than I was when I wrote that post, but the incredible support and encouragement given to me by people I’ve only just met (and am yet to get to know!) has made me feel as though I can do anything.
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.