This piece is about attachment theory and childhood trauma, and healing. The trauma we face as children are often times repressed and left to fester, we don't have a proper way to process our emotions if we don't have the safe spaces necessary, but also a child's psyche isn't ready to do the work of processing, so we often take it in and try to forget.

However, just ignoring the pain doesn't mean it's not there. We have to be willing to be vulnerable so we can begin to heal too -- to hold our multiple selves tucked away but existing all at once tenderly and kindly. To tell them that though they've experienced hurt, that it gets better, and they'll be able to not only survive, but feel so much joy.

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