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“I’ll always love you.”

“Don’t worry, I’m here.”

All words said to me by people who left me behind.

Did they ever mean what they said? Was the love even real?

I am commemorating 1,000 days since I’ve been with someone this evening.

For years, my life has been solitude, loneliness, and isolation…

But also, freedom, independence, and self-discovery.

Despite all they did to me…