IN DEFENSE OF ALL THE BROKEN PEOPLE
I recently read this article about Sydney Leathers: the girl who outed Anthony Weiner for his sexting and also attempted to sell her labia online. The article talked about Sydney and the 'struggles' she now faces for being famous and how her career in politics was over before it began. Like most young women in the world, Sydney was naive, she wanted to get into politics because she believed that politicians wanted to help people. The article didn't state so, but I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she was also on drugs when she believed that.
The thing about Sydney that struck me most in the article was her ability to make others feel comfortable, her openness towards life, and her overall acceptance of its drastic changes. She inspired me to write in defense for all the broken people.
If you've never thought to yourself 'I completely understand why someone would want to do heroin', then you've probably lived a pretty decent life, or at least have never struggled with addiction in any form. I myself have never done heroin, but I wouldn't have ever put it past myself to try it, and I understand why others choose to indulge. Everyone has their 'McDonalds': that thing they do but won't admit to because of the opinions of others. Heroin is probably one of the ones I'd imagine most people would frown upon. I choose to frown upon McDonalds and heroin equally. To me, they're the same, except in all honesty, I'd prefer to surround myself with those who choose heroin.
The kindest and most wonderful people I've ever met have been the poorest, saddest, most heart-broken, most insecure, and have suffered the most misfortune in their life. These people are often also the most self-aware. There's a beauty that comes with people who recognize their own faults, their down-falls, their 'broken' nature. Anyone who knows that they are broken is not hiding from the truth, but embracing it. They provide comfort with their presence by simply accepting life in its most basic form. It's refreshing, its enticing, and compelling.
There's power that comes with the ability to say, 'I'm fucked up, and you are too'. It is those that choose to do heroin that know it is their weakness. Then there are those who default to heroin, because they refuse to accept they have a weakness at all. Being broken is not a weakness, but a strength, given only to those who choose to accept it as so.