alyse ruriani
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both / and

both / and



When asked to describe myself or my personality, I often have difficulty finding the right words.
Each statement that comes to my mind has a counterpart that is also true. This internal conflict
caused frustration and confusion with my sense of stability in knowing myself and who I am.

In Dialectical Behavior Therapy, I learned that two seemingly opposite things could both be true and
that acceptance and change can happen simultaneously. I became fascinated by this idea that
I have opposing forces within me-that these contradicting parts of me exist together, equal to one another. 

I am smart and clueless, I am selfless and selfish, I am open and closed, I am anxious and calm, I am sensitive and resilient

I am not either/or. I am both/and.

I am a collection of contradictions.