Great thoughts Brian. Yes, I have had to deal with this as well and the longer I have been in recovery the more I really don’t care. My life and how I show up speaks for itself and if people still have their thoughts and opinions about me due to my disease that is on them. I finally figured out I had no time to get stuck on other people’s thoughts or misconceptions of my disease of addiction. I started to realize those who judge me for the disease that I have really aren’t worth spending time with. Those who see me for who I am and see a recovered person who has walked through this hard disease and came back out on the other side and love me despite it all are the ones whom I choose to be around. As far as social media and the rest of the world…it’s hard and I have started to open up about my disease and recovery to hope that some day people can spread the word that it isn’t as horrible as it all sounds. Yes, I lied, cheated, stole and did horrible things in my disease but my living amends has shown that is not really who I am but it was my disease doing the living at the time. Thanks again for the topic I really enjoyed reading your post! Thanks to Jodi as well for adding great read!