If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)
Meet Damien DeVille | Sober Boots
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
On September 23, 2015, I traded in my drinking shoes for a pair of sober boots. I do my best to take life as it comes and I’ve found that when I do that, I don’t have reasons to drink. I share storys about my experience, strength, and hope on my blog. I also share my struggles. I do this because sharing my story and struggles helps me to stay sober and because it helps others to achieve sobriety.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
I’m not sure that I have a traditional bucket list. My number one goal in life is to be a good person – to show my son how to be a good person. If I get to the end of my days and I can say that I’ve lead an honest and clean life, that I’ve taught my son how to do the same, I’ll have achieved the greatest success of all time. That said, there are several places that I want to travel to before I die: Oregon, Big Sur, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Scandinavia — so many places to see, so little time.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Understand that you’ll make mistakes. Understand that you’ll never live up to the idealization you have of your father – understand that he was human too and he made mistakes. Understand that you make the best decisions you can with the information at hand and that you’re doing the right things. Understand that you are more than good enough.
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
I would love to see actual dialogue between the right and the left in modern politics. I believe that we have become a nation (the US) of ideologues and that nothing good comes of this. I fall into the trap of believing my own ideology all too often, but I’m coming to understand that, now more than ever, we need to find common ground on many important issues. If we don’t, I fear that our way of life will perish.
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
For a guy who reads and writes this should be an easy question, but I’m stumped. I do like to cook and eat — perhaps Remy from the film Ratatouille. We would cook together, and eat.
I’ve included you because I believe you are bringing much-needed light to this world. Why do you do what you do? What keeps you going every day?
I share my experience, strength, and hope with the world because it helps me to recovery. Writing is second nature to me, and so when I started my journey it was only a matter of time before I started sharing my thoughts. Writing publicly also keeps me honest and accountable —
I couldn’t just go have a drink with my fraternity brothers because they read my blog. I also share my story so that others may find their path to recovery. I believe strongly that “there are many paths up the mountain” as my friend Paul says, and that by sharing my path it helps others to find their own. Seeing how my recovery has positively affected my family is probably the number one thing that keeps me going. I know that we are having the time of our lives now and that’s got everything to do with me staying sober.