On the unbearable weight of the most dreaded question, the lightness of authentic idiosyncrasies, and the opportunity of getting to truly know somebody
“I had become a human doing instead of a human being.”
What a line!
love the name comma project (and even more that you don't know why, you just feel conviction around it!!). As someone who is doing lots of things and also kinda nothing I often struggle with this question! I don't ever feel ashamed of my answer, thankfully, but I have found it interesting how different my answers can be, depending on who I'm talking to. That in itself is revealing.
I second that - this line hits hard, "I had become a human doing instead of a human being."
The question-that-shall-not-be-named is something I've been thinking a lot about lately. I've noticed that people in my community don't ask that question or really any questions to get to know each other. I feel like the odd-woman out asking people about their lives and what they do while simultaneously knowing "what do you do" is an uninspiring question.
Great essay - really resonates with me! This line in particular stood out:
“The only thing worse than trying to fit in is realizing that, even once you do, you actually feel worse for losing the things that you love most about yourself.”
I think I’m still in the process of reconnecting (and reintegrating) parts of myself, like my creative expression, that I lost connection with over the years. So this part hits home.