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Hello fine members of SD, both white belts and old timers alike!

(Play me before reading further) (for realz, play it.

This might take a while to read)As SD has grown in size, we have valiantly tried to keep up the task of replying to each and every single badge reset/request by hand.

It’s been one of the longest held traditions of Stopdrinking itself and has been done this way since the introduction of badges to the sub many years ago.

I attended my grandfather's funeral, and was sober and present for all of it. I said no when offered drinks and did not feel the need to make excuses. I showed up for myself, and I followed through on promises. I have formed friendships with other gay men that do not revolve around sex or alcohol. I see, with every passing day, more and more reasons to be thankful. I still struggle with depression, and I still make so, so many mistakes.

I showed my love to people in ways that did not involve apologies. I have taken mental health days when I needed them. I have fallen asleep every night because I have actually been tired. But I do not let my shortcomings act as setbacks, and I do not use them as excuses.

But as we’ve grown in size we have also come to a point where we’ve outgrown the system as it is now. I started being hungover every morning in my 40s (and therefore being less present for my wife and son). And I was diagnosed with MS a month before I turned 41. And I'm sitting out on my deck noticing that a few plants have started to turn yellow (cooler mornings are inviting the autumn - there's a metaphor in there somewhere).I am grateful for the fact that I still have so much room to grow. I no longer count down the hours to when I can pick up my next drink--I live Alcohol was so entrenched in my life ever since I was a kid.Everything 'fun' my parents ever did revolved around alcohol.I'm now an adult and haven't got a clue who I really am.If I'm not the beer chugging, weed smoking, wacky party guy then just who am I?

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