And so it begins.

Here I sit, composing the very first post in what I hope will be a long-running blog focused on my lifelong recovery from the torturous disease known as alcoholism.  I am at this point 8 days out of my 28-day inpatient rehabilitation program at Tully Hill Chemical Dependency Treatment Center, located near Syracuse, N.Y. (and it is an excellent program, at that).  So all told, I am 39 days sober (having had 3 clean days before I entered rehab).

I face a long, strenuous roller coaster of a road ahead of me.  Despite the inherent hardships that lie on my path, I must remember that I have a new-found FREEDOM in my life.  A freedom from alcohol, from the bottles and cans that once dictated my every action.  A freedom to set ambitious & inspired goals for myself; to trek the highest peaks, to cross the widest oceans, to view the sprawling landscapes & majestic cities of the world, to attain inner peace & enlightenment.  Below is a list of 23 goals (23 for my current age) I set for myself, in no particular order, during my stay in rehab.

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Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Walter Sobcek Remix)

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23 Goals for a Life of Sobriety

1) Backpack through Europe
2) Get a writing piece published
3) Start producing original music
4) Take up sailing; own a sailboat
5) Get certified & start practicing as an educator/counselor
6) Ski up & down the Western coast of the U.S.
7) Grow a vegetable garden
8) Visit the city of Iwakuni, Japan, where my family lived while my father was stationed in the Navy there
9) Produce & direct a short film
10) Start an entrepreneurial business venture
11) Become experienced & proficient in cooking luxurious meals
12) Spend half a year living sparsely in a hut on an exotic beach
13) Teach at least one semester of a college course
14) Run a successful Presidential campaign
15) Scuba dive & swim with sharks in international waters
16) Journey into deep space
17) Apprehend an international art thief
18) Start a foundation for extensive research on rare heart complications
19) Start a family, and live comfortably enough to always support them
20) Break a Guinness World Record
21) Trace the Zombek family ancestry back to Poland; visit Poland
22) Take great American historical tours: Gettysburg, Alcatraz, Chicago Architectural Boat Tour
23) Master three different foreign languages

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