I have problems.
Big and little problems, physical and emotional issues.
Each day, I have to face these problems and decide how I will live with them.
Some of them will be with me forever, and others are "fixable".
When I was drinking too much, I was sometimes trying to run away from my problems.
In doing so, my problems became bigger. And then, I added other problems to my list, caused by the drinking.
The trick is, of course, how does one live with problems without trying to numb them away by drinking?
I think the first thing I need to remember is that problems are a part of life.
By accepting that problems are part of life, I stop myself from making a problem seem overwhelming.
Another thing I need to remember, is that problems take time to "fix". Sometimes I try a couple of things and when they don't seem to work, I just stop.
It does take time and effort to help myself.
Then there is the possibility that the problem cannot be solved to the degree I want, so I must learn to accept what I can. It might not be the "perfect" fix.
There are a few problems I will just have to live with.
Maybe one way to look at it is, without the challenge of problems, life would be boring!
(Well, boring is okay too! LOL)