Counting the days until I can hit restart.
Negotiating the need for affirmation.
Chris was larger than life, and I struggled in his shadow.
When the person you’re with has a “big personality,” where does that leave you?
When I self-harmed, I did want people to notice—because I needed help.
Don’t panic if people don’t pay attention to your published work right away.
Sometimes I like attention from strangers.
If no one notices me, do I even exist?
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