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“Maybe someday you’ll be a real person,” they say, and call it hope.
You are a real person. No matter how many times they say you aren’t. No matter how many times they try to beat it out of you. No matter how many Experts who think it’s their job to decide who does and doesn’t get to be human draw the line on the wrong side of you.
If there is a circle that says Real People, and you are outside it, the solution is not to squeeze yourself until you fit. The solution is not to draw the circle bigger, either. The solution is to erase the circle all together.
Everyone is a real person. People take years of classes, go to years of therapy, go through years of abuse to unlearn this. But it’s always true.