We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life
Coming January 7, 2020
What could possibly be “lucky” about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her “to her knees.” As she puts it, she “kicked and screamed . . . wishing for something — anything — else” to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky.
But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized, with more than a bit of amazement, that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.” She posted these sentiments to Instagram with the hashtag #wearetheluckiest and the concept took off. In her sellout workshop series she met a woman with the words tattooed on her arm, WATL t-shirts and mugs were created, and the phrase became a shorthand way of coming out as sober.
Here, in straight-talking chapters filled with personal stories, McKowen addresses issues such as facing facts, the question of AA, and other people’s drinking. Without sugarcoating the struggles of recovery, she relentlessly emphasizes the many blessings of an honest life, one without secrets and debilitating guilt.
McKowen flips the script on how we talk about sobriety and shows readers that the question we should be asking in our lives is not, “Is this bad enough that I have to change?” but rather, “Is this good enough to stay the same?”
Pre-order it now.
Praise for the writing of Laura McKowen
“Full of truth and grace and love.”
— Glennon Doyle, New York Times bestselling author of Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior
“As a teacher, Laura possesses a rare ability to articulate wisdom in a way that is both practical and divine. Her voice continues to deepen my appreciation and understanding of recovery.”
— Elena Brower, world-renowned yoga teacher and author of Practice You: A Journal
“Wise and piercingly astute, Laura McKowen’s voice opens a window into the heart. A profound storyteller, McKowen offers a fresh lens on the world of recovery, of modern culture, and so much more.”
— Ann Dowsett Johnston, bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol