Wow, this is an amazing piece. You write both eloquently and concise. I relate to much of what you have expressed as I’m sure others will as well.

My most loved quote is Charles Bukowski, “The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it- basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”

Sharing ourselves and our stories is immensely powerful for developing our own strength as well as human connection.

For myself, I view failure as a good thing. Without failing I’d be unable to learn and grow, or find my own voice in expressing my creativity. My failures have brought me to this moment, reading your story, one I very much so needed to read.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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