Recovery is many things to many people. To an addict, recovery means life. In the dictionary recovery is defined as follows:

re·cov·er·y  (r-kv-r)

  2. The act, process, duration, or an instance of recovering.
  3. A return to a normal condition.
  4. Something gained or restored in recovering.
  5. The act of obtaining usable substances from unusable sources.

To someone in recovery, the definition might be described in more real, relatable language. I found this quote and was moved by the obvious emotion shared:

“I am angry that I starved my brain and that I sat shivering in my bed at night instead of dancing or reading poetry or eating ice cream or kissing a boy…” – Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

If you’re in recovery or heading to it, my wish for you is simple. Don’t miss out on another minute of your life. Don’t miss out on another positive experience. Don’t starve your brain. Don’t sit alone shivering.  Read poetry. Enjoy nature. Lick an ice cream cone. Give a hug. Kiss someone. But mostly…

I hope you dance.