SUMMARY: Mutual love with another person typically provides inspiration and encouragement to be true to ourselves.
(About a 4 minute read)
When I was nineteen, I met the first great love of my life. A woman I believed to be so remarkable that I arranged for us to have a heart-to-heart discussion about what I could do to become more like her.
Unfortunately, life’s currents soon enough separated us when I had to move out of town. But about a year after I’d met her, something quite strange happened. I was thinking over my life one evening when I recalled a traumatic event of my childhood. That in itself was strange because the event had so traumatized me that I had no other way to deal with it than — for years — simply refusing to think about it for more than a second or two at a time. Yet, here I was actually recalling it as fully as I could for the first time since the event had happened.