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Grapevine : March 2011
30 March 2011 I'M here, sober and alive because of our ird Tradition. " e only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking." Even as a young child I have always felt di erent, unworthy, lonely and out of place. My family was close, loving and a ec- tionate. Still I felt lonely. First, I felt like I was born a few centuries too late---wrong place, wrong time. I grew up in the U.S. in the early '60s and '70s, and my mother and grand- parents took lengths to instill in us kids pride and knowledge of who we were---part African, part Native American. Being in a school comprised largely of Caucasian people made me feel di erent and out of place, even though I did take pride in my heritage and ancestry. A er learning about slavery and the Indian massacres in the U.S., I decided that henceforth I'd be a part "African- Native-American Warrior Prince." at would boost my low self-esteem and feelings of unworthiness and give me some dignity and honor. Also, I'd be noble, courageous, brave, tough and praised ... all things that normally I was not. us, I grew up identifying myself as an African-Native-American Warrior Prince. Hah! How many people could claim that, outside of myself and other male family members? A er drinking and discovering drugs in high school and finding out that alcohol could and would take me out of myself and all my nega- tive feelings about myself, I graduated high school, did some service time in the U.S. Army, got out and embarked on a journey to become a profes- sional kickboxer. I was discharged early due to psychological and medical reasons and returned home with a huge sense of failure. Now you could add being a disabled veteran to African-Native- Warrior-Prince- Alcoholic e ird Tradition meant he was welcomed, not out of place