2011 HOF Speeches

Teamwork – I’m Not Going Anywhere

lock10 avatarWell, I made it! It has definitely been a long and hard battle and I know it’s really just beginning. 100 day’s is merely a drop in the bucket compared to the 15 year addiction I have carried. But fortunately, I found a group of strangers that have carried me to the only Hall of Fame I’m sure I will make, and to be honest if it is the only hall I get in I’ll die a happy man.

My story is basically the same as everyone in here. I don’t want to bore you with my lack of balls stories to quit for so long. I want to talk about the power of people coming together. I’m a baseball coach by trade. I try to build the most talented junior college baseball team I can every year. Although, talent does not seal the deal in sports or in my many attempts to quit. Every year my teams say they want to win a championship, and for many years I said I wanted to quit this shit. What I’ve come to realize after being among all you fine and dedicated quitters here is that talent alone means nothing. The only way anything is accomplished in this world is through a team effort. Being able to lean on a friend, teammate or complete stranger that is going through similar challenges as you is a powerful thing. I can’t say that I didn’t see or know these things before I found the strong people on kill the can, but after complete strangers help me kick an addiction I never thought I could beat it has definitely made my trust in team much much stronger. I’m not a very outspoken person. So I probably didn’t chat or comment as much as the majority of quitters here, but I did read a lot. I leaned on so many people on this wonderful site, and found ways to beat back any craving or depression I was put in. Each and every one of you from the veterans to the newbies helped me fight my battle. If not for you I would still be that same “I’ll quit tomorrow.” Loser. Thank you all so very much for being my friends, team and family in this journey for freedom. I know the quit is not over. The quit starts new every morning that I wake up. So, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be posting among my November team/family each morning and fighting right beside all of you till the end. Teamwork is working together — even when apart. Stay quit!!

NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan.org forum member lock10

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