Things are all relative of course... My "limelight" here in three small towns, is probably most people's "backwoods snake-oil salesman" type of thing lol. Having come from being a cave dwelling pothead, LSD taking, gin drinking mess of a human being, its an amazing change to be active in my community. When I was "in my cups" I used to hate visitors, phone calls, and anything that would bring attention to my situation. So, the change in my life is profound! To me, it's a big deal. But to most normal folks, "whoop-dee-do!"
I just feel good about my life today. I'm happy to see people I know all over the place and not react in fear. I've nothing to hide anymore. I can walk down the street and look people in the eyes again. For the longest time, I couldn't do that comfortably. My life is no longer a lie.
AA has helped me to find the dignity God gave me, that I gave away by the kind of person I had become. Of course, the funny thing about humility is that as soon as I think I have it and feel good about that, it's already eroding. My purpose today is to seek and follow the Will of God, to be of service to Him and to those people around me. I've spent most of my life being a taker when I should have been a giver. Thanks to AA, I can be a healthy giver, interested in helping others because it's the next right thing to do, not because I stand to benefit.
Today I have a life of freedom, from fear, insecurity, guilt and so forth. of course, I feel those things creep in here and there, that's normal. But now, my life is no longer run by those emotions! That's freedom, to me! Thanks to God, you folks and the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, I am free today.