A t 23 years old, Asia Blackwood was the proud stay-at-home mother of three young children in a quaint Connecticut neighborhood. Day in and day out, she prepared snacks and watched with pride as her toddlers learned to share with each other while her husband worked. Life was picture perfect. She was often exhausted, and felt sad for no reason. This listlessness and unhappiness made her feel guilty, since she had nothing to complain about. It lessened my depression and gave me more energy.
'I was fresh meat': how AA meetings push some women into harmful dating | Society | The Guardian
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Everything has been going so great. Your mind is suddenly flooded with questions: Can this work? Is this even a good idea? How can I be a supportive partner? If you really care about this person there are ways to work through it together.
Most members are around my age and cool. I was surprised that stylish young folks were sober and part of this secret society. I developed a few passing crushes but never acted on them, dutifully sticking to the suggestion to avoid romantic relationships for the first year. So I was abstinent partly out of fear.