Song: Silent All These Years, Tori Amos
Feelings are a natural part of who I am. Being called overly sensitive and emotional became my norm very early on.
I was the little girl watching The Never-Ending Story with my fourth-grade classmates and tears were streaming down my face. They were all excited and entertained. They thought I was weird and couldn’t understand why I was so “sad.” They couldn’t possibly know the reason I was crying was because I felt Atreyu’s pain when his horse, Artax, died in the swamps of sadness. I was feeling every moment as Sebastian was running from his bullies, as I looked around the room to the bullies that tormented me every day because I was different. There was no way I could explain how moved I was by the very concept of that movie, how powerfully it impacted me when I got the underlying message it was trying to teach – that we all have the power to choose a name for what needs to be identified in our lives. Continue reading