…and then, all of a sudden, FEAR crept up to me and whispered “He is going to hurt you, too. More, even, because you love him more, and losing him will destroy you.“
I did not react and looked FEAR in the eye.
… and then, fear was followed by WORRY who hissed “What if your free spirit is too free for him, what if he needs someone softer, more grounded? What if you have to change again, to keep him?“
I did not react and looked WORRY in the eye.
… and then, INSECURITY stepped up and said matter-of-factly “You are never enough.“
I swallowed, hard. I did not react and took my time looking INSECURITY in the eye.
All three were standing around me, piercing me with their stares, their presence lingering and making it hard to feel. I closed my eyes, breathed and tried to word my answer carefully.
“Thank you for trying to protect me, from more pain. Thank you for worrying. Thank you for being there. I do not need you anymore, but it is nice to know you care.“
And then I hugged them all and let them go.