"many of my issues come from being an enormous people pleaser. i don’t believe i’m alone in that behaviour. it’s fine to take other people’s feelings and opinions into account when we’re interacting with them. the problem is one of degree."
"i miss the sounds of sprinklers running, splashing against houses and leaves, and soaking everything in their path. i realized, as i sat outside on a very warm evening smoking a cigarette, which yes, i know is bad for me, that i almost never hear sprinklers anymore."
"something happens to me when i drive my car. my efforts at calm and my attempts to act with grace disappear the instant i hit the road. it’s not my fault, of course, it’s the other people i encounter. i’m blameless. i’m just one driver-error away from turning into a raging bitch."