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You don’t need more motivation. You don’t need to be inspired to action. You don’t need to read any more lists and posts about how you’re not doing enough. We act as if we can read enough articles and enough little Pinterest quotes and suddenly the little switch in our brain will put us into action. But, honestly, here’s the thing that nobody really talks about when it comes to success and motivation and willpower and goals and productivity and all those little buzzwords that have come into popularity: you are as you are until you’re not. You change when you want to change. And what I think we all need more than anything is this: permission to be wherever the fuck we are when we’re there. You’re not a robot. You don’t get to control everything. “If it’s not the time, it’s just not the fucking time. Sometimes the novel is not ready to be written because you haven’t met the inspiration for your main character yet. We all know this: Our experience cannot always be manipulated.

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Abusive parents: What do grown children owe the mothers and fathers who made their childhood a living hell? Illustration by Charlie Powell What do we owe our tormentors? It’s a question that haunts those who had childhoods marked by years of neglect and deprivation, or of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of one or both parents.

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