Thank you for your honest response — I really appreciate your authenticity around how hard it can be to talk to people when we’re hurting. We have all vented to others about our frustrations — it can be helpful to get our thoughts and feelings out and processed a bit with a trusted friend before bringing them to the person who hurt us. I wrote the article to show how easy it is to misinterpret someone’s actions toward us — that often they are not intentionally hurting us, but are just living their lives not really knowing the effect their actions have on others. I think it is common to assume and create stories about why someone did something and this was an encouragement to look at the situation from a different angle. I love what you said about the communication being so important because that is the other reason I wrote this piece — to show that communicating can solve so many problems and result in greater connection. Sounds like you have a solid understanding of these concepts already, which is awesome! I’m sure the people in your life appreciate that very much :).