A simple truth.

Whilst listening  to an episode of This American Life, the brilliant podcast hosted by Ira Glass, I came across this at the end of one of the stories. It was science fiction author Piers Anthony author’s note, from his book Fractal Mode.

“One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not, we who control our feelings, who avoid conflicts at all costs or seem to seek them, who are hyper-sensitive, self-critical, compulsive, workaholic and above all survivors. We’re not that way from perversity and we cannot just relax and let it go; we’ve learned to cope in ways you never had to.”

It made me stop in my tracks. The simple truth of it, so well expressed.