My Birthday Epiphany

For my birthday, I usually like to throw parties or plan fun events. Celebrating birthdays was the thing when I was in my twenties. Big parties, lots of drinks, lots of fun and chicanery. Even last year when I was feeling not so well, I wanted to see all of my friends, so I planned …

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I Used to NOT Be a Hugger: Why That’s Changed

Growing up, I was uncomfortable with hugging. It felt too personal and vulnerable. And I felt very pressured into awkward embraces with adults. As a young adult, that feeling carried over into my relationships with friends, coworkers, and family. Physical touch was jarring and weird which widened the gap between myself and everyone else. I …

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