We live in a world of high stress, high expectations, and we always need to distract ourselves to keep sane. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of malignant ways to distract ourselves. We live in a world where substance is all around us, a world where it’s romanticized, but a world where our friends and family keep getting ripped from us too early at the hands of substance, no matter what kind it is. In coming of age in high school and college, sobriety is seen as cowardly. But for some of us, it’s a bold achievement, a reclaiming of ones self, and a regaining of control. Today it is an achievement. I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to a friend who’s always been there for me no matter what on a whole year sober. You’re the man Ryan. Keep it up. You’re so important and we’re all so proud of you.