Words, in the right order, can be extraordinary.
A friend sent me this today:
From Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree:
“I wish I’d been accepted sooner and better. When I was younger, not being accepted made me enraged, but now, I am not inclined to dismantle my history. If you banish the dragons, you banish the heroes — and we become attached to the heroic strain in our personal history. We choose our own lives. It is not simply that we decide on the behaviours that construct our experience; when given our druthers, we elect to be ourselves. Most of us would like to be more successful or more beautiful or wealthier, and most people endure episodes of low self-esteem or even self-hatred. We despair a hundred times a day. But we retain the startling evolutionary imperative of affection for the fact of ourselves, and with that splinter of grandiosity we redeem our flaws.”