Growing up I lived inside my head most of the time, reality always felt so harsh. I was always very empathetic and wore my emotions on my sleeve and would rather curl up with a good book than find myself annoyed by surface level conversations and how close-minded some people were in high school. So I learned how to wear a mask that I though would somehow keep my true self safe but it just made it harder to get to know the real side of people and of myself.
For me the journey of growing up has been abound with paradoxes, the first of many paradoxes to come I learned from an old friend under possibly the most unlikely of circumstances. The paradox is this, on the one hand self-awareness cultivates love, and on the other you need at least a small dose of being able to love yourself to begin the journey of self awareness.This Max, is the gift you have given me and the gift that you take the time to give so freely to so many countless others. Thank you