Ari Lennox has celebrated being sober for seven months by reflecting on her past and highlighting the life-changing benefits of being teetotal. The Dreamville singer took to Instagram on Tuesday (July 25) to mark the major milestone with a lengthy message detailing her journey to this point, while referencing her fear of flying.
“7 months sober. That’s a lot of sober flights. A lot of sober conversations. A lot of facing things raw and head-on,” she began. “Honestly I don’t know what will happen when I reach a year sober. Don’t know if sobriety is forever or not but I can’t imagine going back to how things were.
“Passing out in the airport or having my emotions more heightened than needed smh shit was bad. I feel more in control of my emotions. More stable. Happier. More alert. Safer. More accepting of things I can’t control and more responsible with things I can.
“I have less anxiety socially and when I’m ready to go, I go. I recognize my threshold with things and implement boundaries. I don’t find interest in partying anymore :/ maybe I’m changing and that’s deeper than alcohol. I like doing chill sweet things. I’m a chill bitch I realized.”
She continued: “Accepting help and realizing I’m not the best traveler on my own has been a game changer. So now I have help and that helps. Having help is ok. I like waking up with no hangover or embarrassment. I like waking up with no night terrors and panic attacks from liquor.”
Ari Lennox went on to show her appreciation for being present at the moment and explained how she had used alcohol to cope with stress.
“I’m so raw feeling everything in this world and my coping mechanisms are only healthier now,” she said. “It’s nice to remember events as they are happening. It’s nice to be present. Sobriety is a very present experience. Also, I ain’t had no ass in long over a year. Just casually communicating this to the universe.
“But yea sure there’s the fantasy of wanting to escape all the intense stress of the world with alcohol cause boy does it work temporarily. But there’s the moment the liquor stops numbing and you’re chasing that feeling to no avail and you wake to see the problems of life still there.”
She added: “So anyway anybody out there also sober? What have you learned on your journey? Love you all so much.”
Various celebrities showed their support in the comments section, with SZA writing: “Congratulations Ari!!! Ur, the coolest around.” Former Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams member commented: “Super happy for you!! I feel the freedom in reading your words to us!!!”
Dreamville co-founder Ibrahim Hamad said: “Proud of you Ari, keep it going!!” while labelmate Bas added: “Proud of u !!!!!” Chance The Rapper commented with “100” emojis, with DJ Jazzy Jeff adding: “I salute you!!!!”
Source – HipHopDx
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