Facing His Fears At New Life

Tree, yellow petalsFrank,  recently joined the resident program at New Life. In this interview, he shares his experience of joining the community and confronting his fears and vulnerabilities.

1. How would you describe yourself?

My name is Frank, and I’m in my late 30’s and work as an ICT professional (Information and Communications Technology). I’m interested in spirituality, Buddhism, bushwalking, dogs (and cats that act like dogs) and reading.

2. Why are you are here at New Life?

I’m a recovering drug- and alcoholic addict. Since stopping drugs and alcohol I have experienced depression and anxiety.

3. How you find out about New Life?

I met a new friend in Chiang Mai, who warmly recommended New Life to me.

4. What is your most memorable and enjoyable moment in New Life?

The honesty and courage shown by the residents. This helped me to realize that I’m not alone, that my struggle has been experienced by others too.

5. What kind of work do you do as a resident?

All kinds of work, as  green team, agriculture, outdoor housekeeping. I enjoyed the variety and working with other people.

6. Were there difficulties or challenges you encounter?

Hell yeah! There is no running here. Back home I can run by drinking, overwork, movement, overeating, but here I had to face my own fears and vulnerabilities. Having excellent life coaches and supportive residents was invaluable in helping me grow.

7. If you have to sum up your experience here at New Life in one line for future residents, what would it be?

Nurturing, growing, challenging and very much worth doing.

*Many thanks to M for this interview and guest post

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