If You Don’t Respect Yourself, Nobody Will

If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, You are right.” ~ Henry Ford

MorningI had a couple ideas of what to write next but they sounded as if I was making fun of myself and made me sound less than I was.

Sure, I did many things that I regret and definitely wouldn’t have done while sober, but that wasn’t the real me, it was me in a really bad altered state from crystal meth.

I have much more self-respect now which is something I never had much of before becoming sober and after being treated for bipolar disorder.

Then I realized, if I treat myself with respect, others will too. If I decide to make fun of myself in a destructive way, others will too.

Now that I think about it, that was part of the problem when I was using crystal meth. I was always poking fun of my mental state and made a joke out of everything before others did. I put myself down so much and I think others played off that weakness. I think my lack in confidence was inconsistent of many meth users because it seemed to give them more confidence.

Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem.”  ~ Kurt Cobain

When I am describing past experiences I try not to put myself down…. at least not any more. They are something real that I want to express and are a part of my journey. They are the events which led me to this place and I like the place I am in.

It’s always changing, but it’s always changing for the better. Before I gained self-respect things always seemed to get worse.

It’s funny, I didn’t realize much of this until I went to write it and couldn’t. Even if no one ever reads this, I have learned something valuable.

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4 Responses to If You Don’t Respect Yourself, Nobody Will

  1. Lloyd Miller says:

    It seems that you and I sir, have been down very, very similar paths. Surprisingly, we share hardly none of the same perspective on it. I’m absolutely fascinated by that. I do not know how old you are or how long you used meth, I’d like to. Have a happy…Anything!

    • Darrin says:

      My heaviest meth use lasted about 2.5 years. It began very light for many months, and up to a year or so before that. I am 40 years old right now. It all began somewhere in my mid thirties.

  2. Great Post!! Thank you very much!

  3. […] we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.” ~Robert H. Schuller “The world has the habit of making room […]

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