Celebrity and TV personality Steve-O has participated in a triathlon to celebrate 10 years of Sobriety about 6 months ago. According to Melissa Mathews, a reporter for Runner’s World, “The Jackass star competed in the celebrity division of the 32nd annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon in Los Angeles, California to raise money for childhood cancer research.” The event included a half mile swim, a 17-mile bike ride, and a four-mile run. Steve-O won tenth in his division, and proudly took to twitter to show off his medal. But more importantly, to also show his happiness and pride for where he is in life, and how far he has made it.
A decade ago Steve-O suffered from suffer alcohol and drug addictions that led to his friends checking him into the hospital. Steve-O has thanked his friends in an Instagram post saying that the fateful day he was checked in began his journey in sobriety. Ever since then he has been working on improving his life, completely changing his lifestyle and devoting himself to become healthier—one of the changes included becoming vegan. When 2018 started, he said he wanted to make “2018 the healthiest year yet.” He held true to his promise by training for and entering the triathlon. He’s still going strong in 2019, and the future looks ever brighter for the star.
The sober community needs more uplifting and motivational stories like this. It seems the media is all too eager to try and rip stars apart when they suffer from addiction. So many times, the news and tabloids report the most negative sides of the community, but stories like this are a reminder that life does and will get better. The journey is long, there’s no doubt, but each and every one of us should strive to be the best version of us we can possibly be.