“Man (and woman) has an infinite capacity for self-development. Equally, he has an infinite capacity for self-destruction. A human being may be clinically alive and yet, despite all appearances, spiritually dead.” – Idries Shah
Growing up in Brooklyn, NY as a first-generation American with Greek parents was a challenge in itself with trying to fit in. As a young kid, I was fortunate enough to spend my summers in Europe and experience life outside of my comfort zone. It is also where I had my first drink at age 13.
That first drink made me feel like I can finally fit and be part of something, I felt alive. I had spent years with alcohol by my side, it was my best friend, and my master. At age 35, I finally put down that last drink, I was broken, a shell of myself and wanting to die. By the grace of God today I am grateful to be recovered from alcohol with 10 years of mind, body, and spirit. I am blessed to have a full life today, with some beautiful mentors, friends, loving husband + family.
Doors will always close in life but on the other side, there is always another opportunity to evolve and change within my sobriety. It is a blessing I would not exchange for anything. On a side note: Music was always a huge part of my life, having been in the business for a number of years I was very fortunate in attending some great shows and meeting some interesting people. It is also where I met my end with alcoholism.
As painful as the end was, the process of recovery was something that had to occur in which music played an important role. Mind, Body, and Spirit: recovery, music, running, meditation, beauty, willingness, and acceptance.