"Being a human being is not easy, and it often feels so lonely, like we’re the only ones feeling the way we do. I am so grateful when I can see myself in someone else, when I am humbled by what I needed to hear, and when I am reminded that I am not alone."Did y'all read Fiona Apple's letter regarding cancelling the South American leg of her tour due to her dying dog? If not, you really should.
I was touched and moved by her letter, and had those unfortunate moments of wondering what it would be like when my own pet dies. And I thought that was that.
But then I read Tracee Elliss Ross' take on the letter and felt even more grateful for truth and the power of words. I am never more grateful for the internet than when I read something that makes me feel seen and understood. Especially this:
"This letter is so brave, the stuff of giants. What is so extraordinary about Fiona’s words and what touched me so deeply is her courage and her willingness to own her truth. To trust her gut and choose love — that heart-wrenching mixed bag — and choose to be present in the face of heartbreak and joy, is truly amazing. I am always in awe of people who choose to be present for the reality of a true connection. To allow a being to be as important as Janet is to Fiona is a beautiful and powerful thing."Words could never ring more true than they did yesterday, and it's exactly what I needed. Sometimes being a human is harder than you'd hoped and true connections are more difficult to achieve than they should be. But acknowledging the problem is half the battle, right?
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