by Sean Bonner


in Journal / This Blog

Thu, 01 Jan 2004, 22:50

I haven't had a sip of alcohol since I was 12 years old. My 29th birthday is next month and to this day it's one of the decisions I'm still most proud of. My father is an alcoholic and a majority of my childhood memories are of him drunk. I started drinking myself in 5th grade, because, well, that's who people do right? They drink. It never occured to me that there was an option, it was just a matter of when to start. A dubbed cassette (vintage P2P) of an album by a band called Minor Threat that a friend gave me was the first time I realized there were other paths I could take besides the most obvious one right in front of me. I started drinking because I thought I was rebelling. But what kind of rebellion is it if you are doing the same thing as your parents, as your peers, and as every ad in eyeshot is telling you to do? Not doing it, now that was something different. Finding a group of people pointing this out was a major turning point in my life. Just knowing other people were making that decision, knowing I wasn't alone made all the difference. This site has that potential. If it helps one person it's worth it.

(Sorry of that was too nostalgic or emo, it's late and I'm jet lagged. I'm psyched to be involved with this and just wanted to introduce myself and how I fit in to this puzzle. Next post won't be so sappy. Cross my heart.)