…s friendships, shows us that, while the point of multiplicity is ineffable, it is good and necessary. We are all one, some say, not really knowing what they mean. But we are also, each unique and singular, and in that uniqueness and singularity we can meet and join others — once we’ve laid aside fear.
August was, for me, a living, breathing scapegoat. Her presence allowed me to send all my bad feelings, all my worries, all my sins into the wilderness. With her, I felt utterly unafraid, which is to say: I felt more myself than I ever had. I did not hate my body, and maybe I even loved it a little, because August loved it, too.
At last, I discovered it starts and finishes with acknowledgment. What can’t be changed or controlled must be surrendered to. Opposing anything outside your ability to control is purposeless. It destroys you and drains your vitality.