From the August 2007 magazine.

Don't Call Me Young

Learning to love oneself at any age

The last thing i wanted was to be seen as a "young person" in AA when I came in at twenty-seven. I was one of those who wanted to be forty years old with ten years of sobriety in the first week. Once I got to AA, after being beaten into submission by my disease, I was very clear on being powerless over alcohol, but I did not understand the second half of the First Step. I had so much pride that I could not admit my life was unmanageable.

Maybe that is why I could not be around the young people in my county; they could admit that they were not able to manage their lives. All I knew...

-- Maryellen O.

San Anselmo, California