Glennon Doyle Melton's overcoming addiction talk begins with her admitting she is a recovering drug addict, alcoholic and bulimic. Melton confesses that she felt like a loser in a “world full of superheroes.” She goes on to identify the various “capes” that people wear in daily life—whether it be snarkiness and apathy, or in her case, addiction and bulimia.
Melton profoundly notes that the proverbial response to “how are you” is always “fine”—regardless if this is actually the case. Keeping this in mind, she comes to the conclusion that ‘pretending’ has become a method of survival in contemporary society.
However, during her stay in the mental hospital, Melton learned how to wear her scars proudly and to tell the truth. She no longer views her sensitivity as a deficit or a drawback; rather, she works to serve a world where sensitive individuals can thrive without “capes.” She urges us to feel and acknowledge our emotions, as they offer counsel towards our next step.