When people reach, or near, a certain age, they sometimes do lots of things to try and combat it, although inevitable. Most people see these things as phases, or personality faults. Lately I have been trying a host of things, from being vegetarian, to taking up fencing, to working out, to trying to get on the track to additional education (outside my profession) for the mental fear of losing out.

In my case people have seen these simply as tried and failed hobbies or another one of “Ronnie’s latest ‘adventures that he won’t see through.'” But, in reality, for the last year I have tried a host of things because I feel my age finally catching up to me. If in all actuality, only mentally. We all try to stop the hands of time by trying to better ourselves, trying new diets, working out differently, etc.

But, what I’ve realized, even though I may never have the chance to do some of the things I want to do in this life, I have already done so much. So much I can be proud of, and some less than proud of, that have made me who I am today, and who I will continue to grow as.

It is milestone day tomorrow! Not only do I turn 31 (cringe), I am also celebrating¬†1460 days of sobriety. Alcohol free for 4 years! Although I am super reluctant to be turning another year over in my 30’s, I am happy with how far I have come and how far I have to go.

To celebrate this scary day, I thought I would share a picture of my, sans filters, styling, lighting, etc. Might as well go into this new year of my life completely myself. Here’s to another year of life and sobriety!