So a) Editors’ Picks! WOOT 😊😊 congratulations!
And b) uggggghhhhh yeah. I’m sure there are personal experiences underlying every phrase in your piece, and what breaks my heart is, even with your specific experience intricately wrapped into the essence of never being enough, never being just right, never being wonderful, how easily so many (women) instantly related to this. The ceaseless litany nots and no’s and too’s and don’ts rang so clearly for so many. (Me too. Me too.)
Great piece, Cyborg. Thank you!