After sipping slowly my tea, I take a long lean back in my chair. As my back relaxes and I slowly stretch, I feel the length and breadth of my histories compress and decompress. And as my back returns to form, I’m invigorated with the knowledge of my past, present and future: where I have been, where I am, and where I am going.

The future can be terrifying. Just like stretching out my back on an unstable chair, you almost jump at the prospect of falling. But knowing what falling feels like brings the fears to the front. It lets us confront them. Because when we know that we can get back up — even if we fall — we know that the stretch is worth it.

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