That is a really good posting. Thank you.
I rejoice in you becoming sober and realizing these things at your young age. I am also an alcoholic, and in 5 days will be sober a year. I drank heavily longer than you've been alive.
Buddhism is also what is helping me stay sober.
You seem to have a great grasp on the path to remain sober and do great things in your life.
So many of your analogies and thoughts I can relate to. It is true we all seek happiness. And many times we're deluded to what it actually is. I'm still seeking that, I'm happy to be sober, I'm happy to have found what I believe is my path.
Other than that..........
Also your reference to "who we are".
That is a major point for me. My AA program and my practice seem to have both 'merged' at this time in my existence. They both are at the point of "who is Dave" and this is a very difficult time for me.
I hope you have begun to figure out who you are and what you want in this lifetime.
I had read once, sorry can't remember where, that some believe our alcohol or drug addictions are likened to the hungry ghost realm. We can never get enough and even when we get it, it only drives us deeper into our suffering. So in the thought of that concept, our Karma has ripened when we are able to become and stay sober. Just passing that on for thought.
Thank you for posting you affirmation, and I wish you strength and happiness in your recovery and the rest of your life my friend.