Uprooting and questioning the cornerstones of ones belief system is never easy or straightforward. There are so many offshoots. Everything is entangled and enmeshed. It feels overwhelming sometimes.
I was 8 years old when the apartment building we were living in caught on fire.
...Externally, I took what she said in stride without flinching; I calmly walked away. Internally, a storm was brewing...
It took one stranger to embody my worst nightmare and call me out in front of 100 of my peers to shake everything I believed about myself.