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I don’t know why,

but I do not feel like I’m like you, or anyone else.

I feel like I’m the only one who feels the things I feel, or thinks the way I think.

I’m worried that I’m taking everything too

seriously, or not seriously enough.

Sometimes I want you to see me, and

sometimes I want to disappear.

I don’t know if I’ve ever truly felt like the ground beneath me was firm.

Things always feel like they’re moving and I never get the chance to catch up to them and when I do, it feels like it all goes too quickly.

I am nice to people I don’t like because I don’t know what else to do.

I feel like I’m waiting for something but I don’t know what it is.

I often walk past people in the street, and I wonder if anyone else is waiting too.

I don’t know if I’m ever, really, “Here.”

So I’m fine.*

*I am not fine.

I don’t know your name.

But I do know that it was beautiful to your mother and that the first time she said it, and decided it was yours, she smiled. I know she said it several times after that, like the words to a beautiful song only she knew. She tried it on like a beautiful summer day.

I do not know what you do for money, but I do know that sometimes, whatever it is, it’s difficult. I do not know whether you are rich or poor, but I do know that regardless of how much money you have in the bank or how big your house is, numbers have never stopped the world from intruding on happiness.

And sometimes, things are hard.

I know that, once, someone touched your hand and you did not want them to pull their hand away, but they did and this made you sad. And for this reason, I also know that sometimes you smile even when there’s nothing to smile about.

I know that the grass grew while you were sleeping. I know that somewhere on the other side of the world, the

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Angella Horner
A must-have read. Iain Thomas has a real skill with generating empathy through honesty and beautiful words I love the book.
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