What would life be like to completely start over? To suddenly be able to see or hear, and live in a whole new way? A child who had never seen before was recently given the gift of sight. This six year old had to learn what things were from the beginning. He knew the words but didn’t know what he was seeing or experiencing. He also gained an independence and self-sufficiency that was previously not possible: he could walk on his own. The same new experience occurs when we experience life in a new way. For those recovering from addictions or unhealthy ways of living we are experiencing seeing new ways of living. When our needs are met and we are finally able to see reality for what it is, it is a whole new world ahead of us.
At first, everything is overwhelming. You have to relearn how to function. Your reactions and habits have to change, and who you are has to adjust. So many recovery techniques start with a routine. To start off your new life, you need to start a new way of organizing and planning your day. You also have to give yourself time to adjust, to explain the world around you, and to embrace your newfound independence and strength.
A new world is also about learning. Just as the young boy had to rely on friends and family to teach him the world anew, through recovery and healing you need guides and supporters to keep you accountable and to teach you. Give yourself tenderness and time, but allow yourself the opportunity to embrace a new life, different than anything you could have imagined or have ever known. When you take out the crutch of addiction or you learn to manage crippling depression or bipolar disorder, it is like getting a new lease on life, one that comes with a learning curve. Surround yourself with those that will uplift and support you in your journey to and discovery of your new life.