She asks me for money every time. It's never a lot. One dollar here, five dollars there. 'Just chip in, Friend,' she writes. 'If you're with me, Friend.' I think about it. One dollar, five dollars -- in the grand scheme of things it's not that much to part with. And it would be for a Friend, of course.
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What this boils down to is second chances. New starts. Fair shots. Sounds very American to me. As a criminal defense attorney who has represented many individuals charged with criminal acts, I have seen first-hand those clients who have a lot to offer society, but are shut out because of an isolated mistake.
You are definitely more than just a job title. Focus on the aspects of who you are that you like the most and seek to fulfill them on a daily basis. You'll feel better about yourself and your situation, and maybe you'll even develop a healthier perspective about your identity than you had when you were working full time.