I don’t know why I’m still shocked by the things people say or the questions they ask when they find out something from my past. I try to keep a low profile in the town I live in but I’ve been arrested a few times and I did go out every night for many years.
I also live in the smallest state so it isn’t hard for gossip to spread to people you don’t even know.
What I have a problem with are the idiotic questions from people who should know better. These are not teenagers, these are adults.
Here are some questions I’ve been asked.
“Do you get really good drugs?”
“Can I buy some from you?”
“Is that like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest?”
“You must have felt like Frankenstein, did you?” (ECT)
“Did you meet any real crazy people where you were?”
“You’re not that bad are you? Like dangerous?”
“Aren’t there bugs and people writing on the walls with their own feces? That must have been awful”
“You’re okay now though, right?”
“Are you cured?”
“Oh, so you’re like the guy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest?” (If I hear it one more time I’ll scream)
“So what kind of drugs are you on? Anything good?” (this is asked often)
I’m not sure why people have this specific image of the mentally ill but they do. It hasn’t gotten better if anything it may have gotten a little worse with violent acts being blamed immediately on the mentally ill in the media. I notice that people are more weary around me at times. I don’t feel comfortable with this. I don’t to frighten people.
I admit that I also feel anger at the entire situation. The lack of empathy and basic humanity is appalling to me.