I was bullied mercilessly growing up. It wasn’t until middle school when I was in class with the other smart kids that I started really having any friends. Having someone to defend me meant a lot, even though the teasing continued. Yes, I am smart. Yes, I am fat. Yes, I do have hairy legs. Yes, my accent was different from that of my classmates. The difference is that none of those things actually (should) impact my ability to be loved. None of those things make me an inherently bad person. And that is what no one ever told me when I was 12 years old.
Sometimes things which *should* be obvious are not. We’re so occupied elsewhere that we miss what’s in front of our face. That happened to me the other day. I was catching a bus downtown for SXSW, and it dawned on me. I live in Austin. I live in AUSTIN. I LIVE in Austin. For as […]