Shane is deserving of many accolades. Most certainly for the tireless work he does as a representative of notMYkid.org and also for his commitment to exploring the boundaries of his creativity in recovery.
There is, however, one notable feat he's accomplished right here on The Recovery Revolution—Shane's is the Most Read Recovery Story on the site. I believe it's a testament to the many people who love and respect him that flocked here to show their support for all he's done and continues to do to champion the messages of prevention and recovery.
The principal motivation for my sobriety: Originally, it was because I was sick of the train wreck my life had become. Now, it’s my daughter.
My favorite qualities in a person: Humility, authenticity, empathy, a sense of humor, and an adventurous spirit.
What I appreciate most about my friends: How much we laugh together, and the fact that they accept me for who I am.
My main fault: Overreacting, though I’ve made great strides in doing it much less.
My favorite occupation: Public speaking. I love the energy of a live audience.
My dream of happiness: Fulfilling my purpose and possessing the ability to be at peace regardless of whatever the present circumstances may be.
My idea of misery: When those I love are in distress and I am powerless to do anything about it.
My greatest regret: It’s a tie between having hurt others, failing to make the most of the years that have passed me by, and having negatively tampered with my brain chemistry.
My proudest moment: Seeing my daughter learn, grow, thrive, and treat others with love and respect.
Other than myself, who would I like to be? Henry Rollins, Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan
Where I would like to live.
I’m actually very much at home right here in the Sonoran Desert. However, if I had to live elsewhere, Scotland and Ireland are appealing to me.
My favorite color: A deep shade of green.
My favorite poets: William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac
My favorite composers/musicians: Grant Lee Buffalo, Grant-Lee Phillips, The Beatles, The Police, Sting, Bob Marley, Radiohead, U2, Caroline’s Spine, Bjork, Minus The Bear, P.M. Dawn, Stavesacre, Beck, R.E.M., Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, Mike Doughty, Mutemath
My favorite painters/designers/photographers: Tim Timmerman, Michel Gondry, Dan Eldon, Anton Corbijn
My hero(es): Jesus Christ
My favorite food and drink: FOOD – Sushi, Pho, chicken and waffles, lobster, carne asada, Peking fried rice, BBQ ribs, fish tacos, and my Uncle Larry’s “world famous” chili dogs / DRINK – Water, seltzer water, iced tea, black coffee, Reed’s extra ginger brew (NA), and the occasional cream soda or root beer
My drug of (lack of) choice when I was using: Stimulants and opiates.
What I hate most of all: “Hate” is a word I try my best to avoid. That being said, I have an extreme intolerance for anyone who harms children in any way.
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: Singing.
How I want to die: At peace and with acceptance of my situation, doing something I love.
My present state of mind: Grateful.
Faults for which I have the most indulgence: Getting too caught up in a feeling.
My favorite motto:
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
John Lennon / “Beautiful Boy”
ABOUT RECOVERY REVELATIONS™
Our Recovery Revelations Questionnaire is based on the questions of a late 19th century English "confessions album" later mistakenly attributed to French novelist, Marcel Proust. Vanity Fair uses a version for their Proust Questionnaire and James Lipton uses a variation on Inside the Actors' Studio.
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