Sometimes in recovery, we have to make decisions that are not always easy and yet they are the best ones for us. We do not want to do anything to jeopardize our sobriety and so we have to make decisions to sometimes remove people who do not help that. I have always told my story so that it can resonate with someone or help them see that they are not alone. I feel like that I have worked my butt off for the last 8 years to get to the point where I am and I do not need anyone messing that up for me.
I am trying to set an example with my goals right now and this last week has been a struggle because I have been associated with people who are not good for that. I do not want those types of people who are hypocrites in my life or even associated with them because of the image that I have been working on. The Sober Ninja is me, it is apart of who I am. What happens when people associate me with someone that is not good for that? It has taken a lot on me and on my mental health because I am trying to decide if I need to remove people from my life to protect that.
It does not matter how long you have had people in your life if those people are toxic. You are allowed to protect yourself and especially your sobriety. I will be selfish and make sure that my sobriety and my mental health comes before anything. I do not expect people to understand my reasoning behind my decisions because ultimately it is what I feel is important. I will not be called "stuck up" or "snobbish" because I choose to ignore that drama and chaos. I know that my sobriety is worth everything in my life and I will not apologize to people for that, regardless if they have been in my life for over 10 years.