My paper trail

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These pieces of paper are priceless — not just because I didn’t pay for most of them. They’re the closest thing I have to physically collecting my memories.
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My prep school reckoning

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I’d been ignorant about so many of my classmates’ experiences. Where had I been while so many other incidents of racism and classism had gone on?
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Escaping to nowhere

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While prolonged escapism in the long term is destructive, I can’t help but wonder if it’s inherently a bad thing on a smaller scale.
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The roaring 20-somethings

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“But your 20s are your golden years! The time to explore yourself, take risks, be spontaneous!” So far, it doesn’t quite seem like it.
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Simmy Kheptal mug

The case for ghosting

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I give myself permission to experience loneliness in this isolation, and I challenge myself to even come to prefer it over the company of others.
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An underrated affection

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Gift-giving — a currency I previously associated with a quid pro quo to give an equally touching gift — began to feel like a really sensible way to love.
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Being me, shamelessly

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The effects of living in a society full of judgment for mentally ill people don’t go away just because you know something shouldn’t be the way it is.
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