In a past life, (literally in my mid 20’s), I worked as a bartender. It was in an extremely small town. The kind with one stop light, a single grocery store and an old remaining single-screen movie theatre in the two-block downtown.
This bar served as the main gathering point for the town aside from the breakfast place that closed just after noon, and everyone from the mayor to the one homeless man in town filtered through at different times. It really was the bar Toby Keith talks about in that song I Love This Bar.
I went into this job wide-eyed and innocent however, and completely Uncompromising in almost every way. I was so judgmental about people living with substance issues even though there were people in my own family struggling with those very issues.
What I learned is that people are people no matter what their struggles and that I had more love in my heart than I could have ever have imagined. I made so many friends in that town that I would still do almost anything for. People who would give me the shirt off of their back to help me out, and for whom I would do the same.
That job, while it didn’t last very long, ended up being the single most impactful one of my life. I learned so much about myself, about life and about the world, that I wouldn’t change it for anything.
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