Sometimes you get really fucking lucky and good things happen! You get to do something you love, as a job, and even though you love it and put all your love back into it, it reminds you how much life hurts. Every day.
You thank everyone and everything, out loud and in solitary silence. You acknowledge and apologize for every mistake that you notice yourself make. You constantly try to give back, and hope that you can prove you are capable, maintaining the illusion of confidence and hiding insecurities, knowing that there are so many others that deserve this that don’t have your luck. You try to give your whole body. You feel the impact, within and against the same body you’re told to ignore, starve, or use until it’s worn out. You listen to your body and know when it’s saying you’ve pushed too far. No one else will be so honest, and yet, you struggle to share these important messages with people trying to support you. You feel heavy with everything that’s so very wrong in the world. You say that you are feeling great, and try to sleep and eat when you can, despite the weight of this knowledge
At best, you try to produce beauty; at least, minimize pain. You avoid talking about the past as much as you can, even though being passionate about what you’re doing depends on knowledge that came from that dark place, illuminated by special people you were lucky enough to have love and care for you.
You hope you are creating something good and not making things worse.