Yeah, you’ve just described a few people I’ve known who’ve gotten so far in life, usually very, very good at a particular thing - comedy, music, football maybe - and couldn’t seem to find any contentment and were too dysfunctional to have the sum of their parts come together. Alcohol and drugs can be a common theme there, too, both can be hard to escape in this country as they are so worn into the fabric of everyday life, especially alcohol and even if you aren’t drinking on a daily basis, that drunken energy kind of infects everything, anyway. As a result, many become frozen at a certain point and genius can just whittle away to fuck all.
A guy who plays international football was talking about marking Robben while getting wasted in my local bar at the weekend. He’s young but his career is on the wane rather than on the way up and he doesn’t seem interested in changing that. North and South I think we’ll always have people who are good at things who never end up quite complete.