You mean why have you deserted you?
I didn’t. You did.
Because we’ve had it many times before.(See here) Honestly, I’ve lost count how many.
Where’d you learn to lie?
Well, what would you call trading in your own essence, dreams, beliefs, [insert whatever else], for an impression of who or what you should be?
Very funny. I’m not laughing.
I see we might have a slight case of amnesia as well.
Well at least we agree on something.
I’m right here aren’t I?
Exactly. I never left. You never asked. or rather, you stopped asking the moment you thought you’d mapped out the grand plan.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. You got caught up in the euphoria of the moment and never came down. Big deal. Everyone does that from time to time.
I think you already know.
What did you learn?
Funny. Jokes on you. While you were off playing host to everyone’s suggestions on what you should be doing, who you should be being and how you should be living (your life if I might add), what did you learn along the way?
Hmm, that’s a good one. I’ll have to add that to my repertoire.
Bingo! You just hit the jackpot. Unfortunately the global recession is still on, so there’ll be no cash prize. Just a re-cognition of who you are.
Well, first of all… Take off that hideous wig, shall we? It’s most unbecoming of you. And I mean that literally.
Perfecto. Now, let’s walk. Together, hand-in-hand. And if at any point you feel my fingers slip away, rest secure in the knowledge that I’m mere steps behind you, egging you on. And all you have to do is call.
Whatever are you calling me for?
For you my dear, always.
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