Can You Hear Me?

“Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

I had to become ill to find my own voice.  Not the voice that I thought was mine, or that others had assigned to me.  Rather,  the voice that is truly mine.   It was too quiet to hear over the cacophony, but years of  isolation have finally made it audible.  It’s so beautiful.  And so liberating.

“Oh, you’ve changed.  What’s wrong with you?  I don’t like you like this.”

Whatever.

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