I had no bus fare — and of course social stuff.
I had no bus fare — and of course social stuff. I couldn't go to movies and I couldn't go to eat. So I lived in increasing isolation. And so what they were trying to prevent me from living a life of stress, but poverty brings on way more stress than actual working ever does, I think. >>And that social isolation you just mentioned to go with it. >>Absolutely. Intellux That was brutal. That was really where I got a good firsthand account of what poverty can do to a person. And I ended up more miserable than when I worked the worst jobs I ever had. I'm glad I finally decided to go against the grain, not follow medical advice, and I started working. And I thrived. And that's what most people do when they find something they're passionate about. Most people will thrive. >>How did you feel when the therapist first told you to just go on SSI, don't bother working?>>I was shocked, really. Because again, I was working at the time in a job I was pretty good at. So I thought, are they seeing something I'm not seeing? And it starts messing with your head, I think.