alto, this essay took me back to memories long since forgotten moments of discovering budding abilities, encouragement in the form of accolades, and accomplishments peppered with insecurity. Thanks for the confirmation that I am not alone with those past experiences.

Great piece! I really forgot about those early years. That’s not to say that the cycle is broken.

Author, artist, accidental activist, founder Our Human Family ( Social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

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