"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." —J.K. Rowling

Being someone in recovery from drugs, alcohol, death of a son and a father, traumas, successes and so on… I can say that it’s only because I’ve hit rock bottom that I’ve been able to live a life in recovery. This isn’t true of everyone, some are natural recoverers and their resilience abounds easily! Yes, I’m jealous of those for whom this is true but not too jealous. See for me, it’s my rock bottom that taught me I am resilient, I am strong, I am worth fighting for. Once you hit rock bottom there is only one way to move…. Up! So at rock bottom you really do find the solid foundation to build recovery on and the resilience to keep laying the next brick. Don’t be afraid of hitting rock bottom or being at rock bottom because beautiful things happen in our darkest moments. It goes back to the discussion of only being able to see light in the darkness, feel happy because we’ve felt sad and find hope again because it’s once been dashed. Pain breeds a future filled with hope, joy and courage so be grateful for the rock bottom and start building.

Sarah Deats

Sarah Deats is the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer. Her goals are to make a connection with everyone that she can while building community, spreading hope, and sparking change. She believes that while life may not be easy, it is never lived alone.