Cut out for that

A friend of mine once told me about her son who’s been diagnosed with mental illness. “He’s very creative,” my friend tells me, “but he can’t find a job that fits his skills, he starts some big project but can’t continue if it’s not working out to his vision of it, people don’t understand him because he seems to be speaking a different language, he can’t agree with the precepts, he goes his own way....” I found myself nodding and saying that except for his diagnosis I often find my life going that way, too, I told her. This world isn’t built for people like your son and me, I said. Maybe a life on a small farm would do it, not life in a city with algebraic equations for road signs. We’re not all cut out for that. We don’t need to be.
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