It was around this time three years ago that I was in the middle of my 100Day Challenge. That challenge — ride my bike for an hour a day for one hundred consecutive days — was created to help me find strength and clarity in the face of my son’s addiction driven life. I experienced, celebrated, and learned a great deal through the successful completion of my challenge. It was the beginning of an incredible and significant transformation in my life.
Though I had always secretly wished Brandon would follow the experience of this path as a route to his recovery – I rarely encouraged he try it. When I did, it was met with much reluctance and resistance. Though he would always encourage me on my path, he rarely seemed openly interested in following a similar one in his life.
This is why I am so pleased to be able to celebrate Brandon’s accomplishments with him today. About eighty-eight days ago, Brandon posted on Facebook that he had quietly been engaged in a 100Day Challenge. It was the first time he freely volunteered and shared a commitment like this. I was shocked, surprised, and grateful.
This morning, I joined Brandon on the walk that marked his 100th Day. He had completed his 100Day Challenge. He has devised and created a routine for this life that provides him the focus and clarity for the balance of his day. As a parent who knows the struggles he has faced and the challenges he faces daily, I cannot be more impressed, proud, and grateful for his accomplishments today. Every day is a challenge for an individual dealing with addiction. Inserting a positive addiction into his daily routine is a wonderful gift.
Brandon, I know your journey. I understand the road you are on. You have created a path that works. I pray you stay on it and hope you inspire others to join you along the way. Congratulations on your accomplishment!! Love, Dad!