My name is Matt. Jerk in Progress is about me trying to stay accountable to myself in terms of sobriety, diet and exercise. If you join me along the way, then I’m accountable to you, too. Photos on the site are all mine; many are taken at CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, Ontario, where I host a weekly radio show with my amazing wife.
I’m fine, mom: sobriety doesn’t mean I’ve burned the house down.
Many people struggle with sobriety in a much more courageous way than I do. I don’t have a drinking problem as much as a drinking situation. My risk is “moderate” at highest in the tests you can take, drinking has never affected my relationships or work, etc. But I’ve got a prodigious fondness for alcohol. It’s easier for me to abstain than to moderate.
So I’m giving myself permission to “have a problem” in order to just quit. Even if my issues aren’t as grave as they are for a lot of people who stop drinking. Our culture frames “not drinking” as a nuclear option for when you’ve hit rock bottom and killed the family dog, which bugs the hell out of me. We’ll talk about it.
I’m not selling anything (including religion)
I don’t have a book. I’m not a life coach. When I was looking into motivational micro-podcasts along these lines, they were all flogging something, usually some sort of book or life improvement system. Or Jesus. I really just want this to be my own way of checking in every morning, and seeing if I can get folks to check in with me. I’m not after your money. Or your soul.
I might not get back to you
I’m structuring this to fit into a life that already has a more-than-full-time job, a weekly radio show, family commitments, other volunteer commitments, etc. So I love any notes or comments, but I may not respond to them. This doesn’t mean they’re not welcome and deeply appreciated; it’s just that I’ve literally built this to work in the small amount of time I have to do it in.
Thank you for listening
Really, sincerely, truly, thank you. It means a lot to me. Knowing there are people out there that I’m accountable to, beyond myself, is what’s going to make this weird little project succeed.