Constant Companion

The monkey on my back is a constant companion but can be quite the nuisance.  He’s hard to explain or prepare people for, but even harder to get rid of.  My shoulders are strong, so I bear my ride-along. 

Why do people look at you with disgust when there is a monkey on your back?  Is it me our the Monkey they disapprove of? and why do people even have an opinion of what another carries on his back?  What difference does it make to them?