It is hard not to adore the first someone who treats you like the valuable thing that you actually are.
The one who sees you sitting on the floor and lowers their own body to the ground so they can speak to you eye to eye.
It is easy to gaze at them with stars in your eyes.
So if you find yourself in love with that person, it is okay.
You may have to release them.
Sometimes they are only there for a season.
But be patient with yourself if you do.
Those things don’t come to us overnight, and letting them go won’t happen overnight either.
Sit on the shore.
Watch the ship sail away.
Watch it as it shrinks to the size of a bath toy.
Watch the ship until it is a dot on the horizon.
Until it disappears.
And then get up.
Rise up and turn around, with the sea behind you and new paths before you.
You know who you are now.
What you are.