GalenTrue name: “Michael”
The Fourth Archangel
Hello. I’m Galen. I was a firefighter. I used to risk my life rescuing strangers; saving their lives. Yet, somehow I couldn’t save my own. I’m still trying to figure out why. It was my job to get people out of harm’s way. Firefighting was my passion. It was what I was trained to do. But in a split second, in that fire, my life went up in smoke.
I came from a wonderful Jewish family. I’ve always looked up to my father. He possessed and instilled many great qualities and family values within me that made a life saving occupation an easy choice. I loved helping others. Putting peoples needs before my own may have been what led me to my biggest vice; and inevitably, my demise. I am an alcoholic! I’m not proud of it. Was liquid courage not enough that day?
Now here I am in my new life. I find myself angry, confused, frustrated, all at the same time. I have so many questions and uncertainties. I WANT A DRINK! I keep searching for that quick fix to make things OK, if even for just a little while. Old habits are hard to break. I’ve been “told” that I am supposed to help people like I did in my past life. I’m hanging on to the fact that there may be some familiarity in this aspect. Still, I’m starting to wonder if anything will be the same as before. It seems like the end of the world I once knew.
Is it the end of days? Your guess is as good as mine.