I’ve been sober for 500 days, y’all! It feels surreal sometimes. There are moments when I still feel like that 20-something party girl who was dancing on bars and taking body shots off of strangers. I have moments where I ask myself, “Am I really a sober blogger?!?!”. Yes I am! And I fucking love it. While recovery has its ups and downs, I’m grateful for it every single day. These 500 days have been full of happiness, heartbreak, anger, new adventures, and personal growth. Here’s 5 of my recent favorites memories in my first 500 Days of Sobriety:
1. Meeting Laura Jane Grace
I’ve been a fan of Laura Jane Grace’s punk band, Against Me!, since 2006. Back then, she was Tom Gabel. I remember reading an issue of Rolling Stone in 2014 when she came out as transgender. She told Rolling Stone that she was going through HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and would start identifying as Laura Jane Grace. Against Me!’s next album was called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, where Laura candidly shared her experience with gender dysphoria. Against Me! has been huge in the punk community for more than 15 years. They are now heroes in the trans community, as well. Needless to say, I was honored to meet Laura at her book signing in Brooklyn a few months ago. She also agreed to sign my arm, so I could have the autograph tattooed along with a few other rock stars I admire. Laura’s the first woman in my collection of rock n roll autograph tattoos. This was also my first sober tattoo.