Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You've Got Great Expectations!

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

"You've got great expectations!" These words forever ring in my ears from the song "Great Expectations" by the rock group KISS, which was written by Gene Simmons (pictured above).  The song was about the expectations rock and roll fans (a.k.a. groupies) have at his concerts to meet him and, uh, 'hang out' with him after the show (wink, wink).  That perspective is, of course, a tired but true lyrical storyline that's been around ever since the term 'rock-n-roll' was coined. 

Why do I bring this up on a substance abuse blog (and in this month's newsletter.  You can sign up here)?  Great question and I hope my answer will suffice.  Gene Simmons had great expectations and is the epitome of the American dream come true.  Born Chaim Witz in Israel, he dodged bullets as a youngster in a war-torn land.  If that wasn't enough, he watched his father walk away from him and his mother with another woman.  Gone.  Vanished.  Most people would've quit by then.  Not Gene.  No, he had a different plan.  He had great expectations.

He emigrated to America and changed his name to 'Gene Klein' and became a school teacher.  Then, as his rock band KISS began to get popular, he changed his legal name to his stage name 'Gene Simmons' and it has stuck ever since.  The reality is that Gene Simmons had great expectations for himself and his future.  

As a matter of fact, at some parties, you've probably heard the Gene Simmons co-penned rock anthem of all rock anthems called 'Rock and Roll All Nite and Party Every Day".  Here is the irony: Gene Simmons was completely sober when he wrote that song and remained that way!  He has never done a drug in his life and the only alcohol he ever tasted was on his reality show in which he spit it out immediately because he couldn't stand the taste!!!  Drugs and alcohol were not part of his great expectations!

Did you expect the party life to be glamorous when you first entered it?  Did you think that you had finally arrived and that your life is going to be so much better for having been in the scene, so to speak. You felt like an adult.  You get those positive feelings and vibes both from the substances and the people at the party.  "What could be wrong with this," you ask yourself?

The truth is that the party life is a lie.  One of the lies it tells people is that the sober life is boring, stupid, and lame.  The truth is a sober life is what you make it and it can be a lot of fun.  If you are not quite convinced my logic is sound...I present Exhibit A: Gene Simmons.  His band KISS is touring this summer for their 40th anniversary to sell out crowds (18,000 or more) and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.  

By the way, his birthday was yesterday.  He's 65.  And he still breathes fire live and flies to the top of the arena every night to sing a song to the audience 100 feet below.  Pretty good for a boy with great expectations who dodged bullets and lost his father to infidelity in war-torn Israel and who ultimately ended up becoming a rock icon, movie star, TV star, and NYT Best-selling author with a net worth of $300 million dollars.  I'm impressed and inspired.  I hope you are too because Gene Simmons life story proves that anyone, regardless of circumstance, can change their life and achieve their great expectations!

I encourage you to pursue sobriety and embrace your inner great expectations because you never know where life will take you.  And if you don't have any great expectations, today is a great day to create a few.  Pursue your goals.  Pursue your dreams.  Pursue the important things that really matter that you may have put off because of addiction.  

Great expectations make human beings the most unique thing on this planet for no bird, tree, blade of grace, tornado, or ant ever has expectations much less great expectations.  This is great news because we can choose to expect the great things in life that we want and pursue them.  

What do you expect for your life?  Your career?  Your marriage?  Your life apart from drugs and/or alcohol?  Think about it.  Dream about it.  Then go get it.  Gene Simmons did and so can you!

If you or someone you love had great expectations to never get addicted to drugs or alcohol but ended up getting addicted anyway, we can help.  We detox people off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, and Suboxone. At The Coleman Institute, we help real people who desire to change their broken story into a brand new story of healing sobriety and recovery filled with great expectations.  If you're ready to change your expectations, leave the old life behind and start a new one by getting clean and sober, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1.877.773.3869 today.  Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart can answer your questions and get you started on the road to recovery!  

1 comment:

  1. Excellent article. Love him or hate him Gene overcame quite a lot. there's a lot to be said for having goals and aspirations.

    I for one want to make up for LOST time. Thanks again for writing this blog.