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  • March 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I had to wrestle with this. I wasted 20 years on addiction. When I got sober I had nothing (financially speaking) and the prospects that I would looked bleak. My thoughts turned to a “why not keep drinking, you can’t catch up anyway” sort of attitude. I thought that because I threw away 20 years of what would have been a productive period of my life I would never have the sort of retirement or financial freedom my neighbors would. That I would just have to work until I died.
    On the other hand, I had the capacity for empathy that far exceeds my neighbors. I have the moral authority to speak on addiction and mental health issues (I have depression, OCD, and social anxiety). I can help people in ways they barely even understand. I don’t mind working until I die because my work helps people.
    It is a very good feeling to have work that means more than just a paycheck.

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