February 11, 2014

A great celebration blended with much love, hope, and admiration!

Mission Completed -- 100Pedals

Mission Accomplished!!

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!

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.