Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
And what we’ve lost sight of is that performing manual labor with your hands is one of the most incredibly satisfying and positive things you can do.
People don’t really understand, but having people stare, and point, and take pictures, even if it is in a positive framework, is quite isolating there’s no two ways about it. You feel a little bit, you know, freakish.
I never appreciated ‘positive heroes’ in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more ‘productive’ literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are.