Helen Keller said: "Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world."

Helen Keller was born blind and deaf, in 1880. She had a lot to overcome, to create some sense of normalcy in her life. 
And her normal wasn’t our kind of normal. 
Barton too, had the opportunity to feel sorry for himself, and did a bit, but didn't wallow in it. 

Self-pity is a poor servant and a worse master.
Don't let it run your life. Don't let it ruin your life.

Give others you trust the permission to identify self-pity in you, if it is true.

Self-pity opens the doors to many other woes, including lack of ambiition, which then brings poverty, 
Self-pity also opens the door to the vice of self-medication. which can bring an new set of woes.
I don't know that it is at all possible fro self-pitiacs (new term) to succeed at anything worthwhile.

Eric J. Rose 

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