Epiphany. A sudden realization of great truth. My little brother learned this word when he was like ten and went around for the next six years of his life (he’s currently sixteen) saying, “Epiphany. A sudden realization of great truth.”
I’m not saying that is what happened to me, a sudden realization of great truth, but, the truth snuck up on me, at least. Or I was ignoring it, as it approached, attempting to wish it away, the fact that I’m missing something. You can tell yourself that you’re happy and whole, and do everything possible to keep up the ploy, but eventually, if you’re honest with yourself at least part of the time, you’ll find the truth for yourself, or someone else will accidentally shove it in your face, and, bam. Epiphany. Maybe.
This is about friendship. This is about people. This is about life.
This is about me, and relationships and reciprocation and a lack of both. Something missing, or everything.
This is also a little about heart-break, or -ache, feeling a little of the magic of other people disappearing, feeling that that will never come back.
This is about love, and not understanding what love is, and loving someone who loves someone else, and loving a few people who don’t love back. Missing all of that.
This is about place, location. Wondering if I’d find this somewhere else, with a different city and a different group of people. Wondering if this is just another aspect of life, that this happens everywhere to everyone, wondering if I should feel wise instead of foolish.
This is about choices, about choosing people. Choosing to hang out with those who make you feel happy with yourself, or at least feel something, not like something’s missing; not empty. This is about choosing the right people, about letting go those who make you lose your people magic, even though you don’t want to, even though you wish you could keep them.
This is also about personhood. Being a person, being independent. But missing something. Being a person but not feeling like a person, not being treated like a person.
This is about life, of course, because everything is. This is about learning. And this is about truth, if it even exists.
Nothing like an epiphany, not quite. But, at least, understanding.