Why Don’t I Feel Good Enough?

Chris M. writes for The Second Road, a website devoted to recovery from addictions of various kinds, and the man can write! He’s currently in the process of looking for a job that suits his talents. Here’s some of what he has to say about it…

I don’t know what it’s like anywhere else, but around here there are two AAs; one is populated with the middle classes, the other with people who may never be middle class. It’s not a hard and fast rule, of course. There is always overlap in divisions like this, but there is an obvious difference that is apparent to even the most casual observer.

For the most part the people in the first group came from middle class families, graduated from college, own homes, and cars, and have money in the bank. They shop in department stores,. They floss. They eat in restaurants. They remember people’s birthdays.

They get haircuts in salons.

The other group are more easily identifiable as people with substance abuse problems. They’ve spent more years incarcerated than in school. They don’t eat right or exercise or iron. They have 600% more tattoos than the first group. None of them have ever used the word obtuse correctly in the normal course of a conversation. …

Why don’t I feel good enough?

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