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It's like if the music is loud enough I won't be able to listen to my own thoughts.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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they say suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. the problem with being human isn't really so temporary.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Isn't that the greatest gift in the world-just not to care?
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I feel so completely crazy sometimes. I don't know which way I'm facing. All I can do is just shove all this shit to the side and try to move forward.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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And though I have done many shameful things, I am not ashamed of who I am. I am not ashamed of who I am because I know who I am. I have tried to rip myself open and expose everything inside - accepting my weaknesses and strengths - not trying to be anyone else. 'Cause that never works, does it? So my challenge is to be authentic. An I believe I am today. I believe I am.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I feel just, you know, defeated.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I always get so overwhelmed trying to do everything perfectly. I can't do a job and not put everything I have into it. I need to be the best employee, the best co-worker, the best whatever. I need everyone to like me and I just burn out bending over backward to make that happen. Having people be mad at me is my worst fear. I can't stand it. There is this crazy fear I have of being rejected by anyone - even people I don't really care about. It's always better to leave them first, cut all ties, and disappear. They can't hurt me that way - no one can.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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We only have this one moment: NOW.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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None of them seem as crazy obsessive about everything as I am. It's strange 'cause I had the same feeling in high school that I have here. It's like, well, it just seems so easy for everyone else and so difficult for me. I turn from these extremes of feeling on top of the fucking world - to feeling so despondent. They don't have to struggle like I do - or maybe that's just me comparing my goddamn insides to everyone else's outsides. But I swear to God, I just seem to wrestle with everything more than anyone else.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I don't want you to worry about protecting my feelings or your father's or anybody's. When you were little you always tried to make everyone ahppy. Then it was like one day you just exploded.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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There's something about outward appearances that has always been important to me. I always thought I was so ugly. I mean, I really did. I remember being in L.A. at my mom's house as a little kid and just staring into the mirror for hours. It was like, if I looked long enough, maybe I'd finally be handsome. It never worked. I just got uglier and uglier. Nothing about me ever seemed good enough. And there was this sadness inside me - this hopelessness. Focusing on my physical appearance was at least easier than trying to address the internal shit.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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They say suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. he problem with being humas isn't really so temporary
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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And that feeling is there, inside me - being small, with all the confusion and worry and longing - but also the peace and safety. And now I'm here, giving that feeling to Lucy. She is an angel - light and sweet and delicate and lovely. That is so there in her. But it's also in Spencer, in my dad lying with me as a child on the futon, It's even in me. Sure, I buried it. I buried and buried it and turned away from everything light and sweet and delicate and lovely and became so scared and scarred and burdened and fucked up. But that goodness is still there, inside - it must be.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Honestly, I'm not sure how much longer I can keep doing this. It's like there are seven candles lit in my stomach. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Seven candles burning and smoking - lit - seven flames of doubt, fear, sorrow, pain, waste, hopelessness, despair. They turn my insides black with soot and ash. There is something at the back of my eyes- a pressure building, building, building - hot like the flames of seven candles, which no amount of breath can extinguish. I imagine drinking glasses of water. One, two, three four, five, six, seven. I dive into the clearest pool. I drown myself in the coarse, dry sand. I swallow handfuls of crushed white salt, but the flames burn still - brighter, hotter, deeper. Sweat runs in delicate patterns down my back, over my crooked spine and jutting hips. I scratch at the wounds these last weeks have left, but I can't break free of them. The flies gather and vultures circle overhead. The fire eats away my flesh. The fire spreads. The fire runs through my veins. The fire courses beneath my muscles - my tendons - the marrow of my bones. I sit rocking on the street corner. No, I can't keep doing this. I just can't.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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The dark is settling in. The sky glows yellow- pale- anemic from the city lights. The Tenderloin at night is a real horror show. Every 3 feet someone is accosting you with a plea for a handout or the offer of drug or sex. The men and women wander the streets and alleys with a threatening, violont want. Takers looking to take, hustlers looking to hustle, all trying to satisfy a craving that is parpatually unsatisfiable. And tonight I'm one of them.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Now is now. There is nothing but now... This, right here, is all there is.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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In a way it's like too serene or whatever - too empty. I feel that familiar feeling of being a dark smudge on this otherwise pristine white canvas. There's just no way to blend in out here.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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It's like there are seven candles lit in my stomach. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Seven candles burning and smoking - lit - seven flames of doubt, fear, sorrow, pain, waste, hopelessness, despair. They turn my insides black with soot and ash.
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Nic Sheff
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Now is now... There is nothing but now and I try to hold on to that. The past is gone, the future hasn't happened yet. This, right here, is all there is.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I need everyone to like me and I just burn out bending over backward to make that happen. Having people be mad at me is my worst fear. I can't stand it. There is this crazy fear I have of being rejected by anyone - even people I don't really care about. It's always better to leave them first, cut all ties, and disappear. They can't hurt me that way - no one can.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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The thing is, though, every time I think I’m just gonna give upβ€”that I can’t possibly do it, that I’m just going to curl up alone somewhere and waste away, well, I always keep trying. I mean, for some reason I manage to make it through another day and then another day after that.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Still, children seem like empty vessels who pick up on everything and are so affected by their surroundings. I mean, that's what they tell me in therapy and it seems to be true. Stuff I don't consciously remember affects my behavior every day. I see that now
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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So you think you should just be able to kill yourself and no one should care?... You don't think that your actions are gonna affect other people - the people who love you?
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Again, fix the outsides and maybe my insides won't be such a dark place.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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There is this crazy fear I have of being rejected by anyone - even people I don't really care about. It's always better to leave them first, cut all ties, and disappear. They can't hurt me that way - no one can.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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But, when I was growing up, the one thing that did help me not to feel so isolated and crazy was reading - especially books by authors who fearlessly examined and exposed their highly imperfect inner lives. Books like "Confessions of a Mask" by Yukio Mishima; "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller; "Try" by Dennis Cooper; and, of course, the works of authors like Bukowski, Salinger, Hesse, Bataille, Iceberg Slim, and Murakami. These writers revealed the things that existed beneath most humans' seemingly secure and confident exteriors. I suddenly realized, after reading their work, that I wasn't unique - that my doubts and fears and insecurities were more universal that I could've ever imagined. Their words gave me strength. They have me permission to start trying to accept my flaws, my darkness, my insanity. They let me know that it was okay not to fit in with everyone else - to be a sensitive person - and that others struggled just like I did. It was such a relief when I finally began to understand this. It was like I could breathe - maybe for the first time.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Sure, I buried it. I buried it and buried it and turned away from everything light and sweet and delicate and lovely and became so scared and scarred and burdened and fucked up. But that goodness is there, inside - it must be.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I guess I just struggle with belonging to any organization. I always feel like I should be able to do it on my own. My ego tells me I'm better than all this... I want to rebel against it, though of course, I don't really have any options.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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For ninety minutes, I was transported into another life, another reality, another character. Basically, it let me be someone that I wasn't. It allowed me to travel, to be a part of different cultures, different world views, different societies. Plus there are all the elements of movies: music, visuals, writing, and acting. In some ways it is the perfect art form. It is the culmination of all mediums.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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It's like that story of the father whose son breaks his leg. The villagers come up and say, 'Your son broke his leg, what bad luck.' but the father replies, 'Good luck, bad luck, who knows?' Then there's a war and all the young men in the village must fight. There is a terrible battle and most everyone is killed - except for the man's son who couldn't fight because he broke his leg. So the villagers come up to him and say, 'What good luck, your son didn't have to fight and now he is alive.' But the father replies, 'Good luck, bad luck, who knows?
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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There's something about outward appearances that has always been important to me. I always thought I was so ugly. I mean, I really did. I remember... as a little kid and just staring into the mirror for hours. It was like, if I looked long enough, maybe I'd finally be handsome. It never worked. I just got uglier and uglier. Nothing about me ever seemed good enough. And there was this sadness inside me - this hopelessness. Focusing on my physical appearance was at least easier than trying to address the internal shit. I could control the external - at least, to a point. I could buy different clothes, or cut my hair, or whatever. The pit opening up inside me was too frightening to even look at.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I felt like everyone else had gotten this instruction manual that explained life to them, but somehow I'd just missed it.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Hey, man, helping you is how I stay alive. Never forget that.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Isn't that the greatest gift in the world - just not to care? I feel so grateful for it.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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They don't have to struggle like I do - or maybe that's just me comparing my goddamn insides to everyone else's outsides.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Trying is terrifying because I know I will just fail. But I do want things to be different. I do...I am so afraid. I'm afraid to hope again.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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And that leaves you with an interesting choice... Do you sacrifice you own happiness and feelings of peace in order to have this relationship, or do you start to get well and choose a real life...?
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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And I have this, for now. I just wish I could figure out how to keep my fucking mind from going all over the place - dwelling on all the loss and pain and everything I'VE DONE - then jumping off into the future to how impossible it all seems.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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The only thing that ever really gives us any genuine satisfaction is caring for other people. It doesn't matter how popular we are or anything. The only thing that actually makes life more fulfilling is our love for others... And the results speak for themselves.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are - what others say is irrelevant.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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It's like the world's gravitational pull has just lessened tenfold. Everything trapped in me, rushing in and out like the ocean against a jetty - pounding over and over, trying to crush the breaker wall with each rhythmic explosion - has finally been taken away. I cry for that and I'm not sure what else.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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And though I have done many shameful things, I am not ashamed of who I am. I am not ashamed of who I am because I know who I am. I have tried to rip myself open and expose everything inside - accepting my weaknesses and strengths - not trying to be anyone else. 'Cause that never works, does it? So my challenge is to be authentic.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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The sun's still keeping the sky somewhat colored, even though it's already gone down beyond the horizon. There are strips of patterned pinks and oranges layered up like sideways colored bars. A Los Angeles sunset, made beautiful by a screen of haze, pollution, and trash. It says a lot about this city. It says a lot about the people who live here.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Everything is working out, he keeps saying. For the first time, I'm not so sure. I think back to my life sober - working, getting up early to go on bike rides and shit, going to movies. I haven't looked at a newspaper in over two weeks. There could be a new war going on and I'd have no idea. But this is the life I want to live, right? I mean, I'm happier.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Still, for all the therapy I had, none of it ever really fixed that feeling of torn-apartness inside of me. I learned how to express myself, that was all. And, for whatever reason, identifying the root cause of my problem - like fear of abandonment or something - didn't change a goddamn thing. I could see quite clearly why I acted a certain way, but that wouldn't make me any different. I sought out craziness. I was attracted to it. No therapy could take that away.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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...I realize that the times I have known some sort of inner peace in my life, those have always been times when I focused on helping others more than myself... babysitting, cooking dinner for my family, cleaning up the house, talking to a friend on the phone and just listening to them vent about something or other without offering an opinion or judging. Those have been the moments when I get to stop obsessing about myself and really feel a sense of liberation. 'Freedom from the bondage of self...
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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What can you say about hospitals? No matter how upscale they are, the air is always saturated with disinfectant and an underlying stench of chemicals. Most of the patients' doors are closed, but a few of them are open. The beds are mostly occupied by elderly men and women with brown splotchy age marks all over. They're hooked up to tubes and wires and things... They appear to be sleeping - or lost. It's hard for me to look at them. It's as though all the emptiness inside of all of us - regret about our past and fear about our future - has been physically manifested in these withering bodies.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Somehow that always seemed to happenβ€”we addicts can always find one another. There must be some strange addict radar or something.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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The only escape I had was watching movies. It was one thing that could take me out of myself - let me forget the world I lived in
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I buried it and buried it and turned away from everything light and sweet and delicate and lovely and became so scared and scarred and burdened and fucked up. But that goodness is there, inside---it must be. β€œEvery day, in every way, It’s getting better and better…” I let those words fall, wanting---wanting so bad to believe them.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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It happened so fast - so abruptly. An innocence I'd clung to was lost in that instant.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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Even just saying I’m sorry feels so meaninglessβ€”like I’m trying to put a Band-Aid on a shotgun wound.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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The emptiness in my stomachβ€”the well digging downβ€”the nauseaβ€”the aching won’t leave me. It’s profoundβ€”consuming. I feel like curling up, serpentine on the floor, crying. I need a thousand pounds of heroin. I need to drown myself in methamphetamine. I need pills, weed, vials of liquid acid. Or maybeβ€”maybeβ€”I just need to get sober.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I want to be good, do good, be a worker among workers, a friend among friends. But there's also this part of me that is so dissatisfied with everything. If I'm not living on the verge of death, I feel like I'm not really living.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)
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I always get overwhelmed trying to do everything perfectly. I can't do a job and not put everything I have into it. I need to be the best employee, the best coworker, the best whatever. I need everyone to like me and I just burn out bending over backward to make that happen.
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Nic Sheff (Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines)