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A Place in the World
Living in a predominately white country overseas, an African American man discovers that he can feel at home in an AA meeting anywhere
I am an African American man living sober in Warsaw, Poland. Living here has forced me to take a look at my defect of never feeling like I fit in anywhere.
I stand out here. Whether it is just in my head or that I am acutely aware of it most of the time, this "over visibility" is a reality. Like other alcoholics, I used alcohol to fit in.
It was the temporary solution to a painful feeling. In Warsaw, I look different. On the surface, I do not fit in. Yet, it is here that I got sober. I believe that I am here for many reasons … one of which is to make me see that I do fit in...
-- Vergil S.
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