The Confession of a Quit Addict (Summary and Reflection)

Barbara Graham’s article entitled The Confession of a Quit Addict exposes her real story about being addictive to changing career paths. She began her article by introducing Timothy Leary’s chant “turn on, tune in, and drop out”. The line itself gives a double meaning to a certain stage in her life where turn on represents herself as a young girl, tune in that points her life as a straight A high school student, and drop out that tells her life when she quitted college during her sophomore year. The author herself admitted that she never been good at excelling on things that didn’t arouse her passion. She narrated how she transferred from places to places with her husband named Brian. At first, they transferred to Europe when Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were gunned. Their stay never lasted long for they struggled financially and they were not comfortable with the weather. This was followed by Puerto Rico that offered the same experience with the latter before moving to British Columbia. In this part, Barbara realized that it took her seven years and her son Clay before learning that the real problem is neither the place nor the people around her, but within herself. This was soon followed by self-reflections about all the jobs she had before settling as a writer. Graham ended her article by leaving a statement that over the years, it is really on her blood to become impulsive when it comes to discovering herself deeply.

Reading the title of the selection gave me a solid idea that it would be a real confession of someone quitting drug addiction. However, I have realized that it was just cleverly used by Barbara to bait my eyes. Deceiving as I can say, but the slow unfolding of story made my eyes look for a turning point that she would confess about her drug addiction. Sadly, there wasn’t any. I must say she’s successful with her purpose for using the said title.  I have no violent reaction about her personality. I know humans as we are have our own discontentment that lies within ourselves. True as it is that we must not judge someone easily for everyone has untold stories to tell. The author has a short span of patience in all her endeavor, and she has explained it thoroughly by narrating her mindset and outlook in life. It was justified profoundly, convincing me to give sympathy for her. Leaving from place to place is a hard decision to make, and doing whatever it takes to earn a living is like having a consent suicide. These of course, were the hardest thing to do, yet she took the risk to do it because of her unexplainable addiction to her endless questions about herself as a wife, mother, and individual. Though she nailed that she doesn’t label herself a recovering quitter, I still commend her for being firm in decision making.  For sure everything happens for a reason, and those up-side-down experiences she accumulated were all designed for her to become a good writer.


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