“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! I have as much soul as you, and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty, and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you.”
I’ve realised I don’t need to change who I am. I am a reader, a tea-drinker, a storyteller, a university graduate, a new-apartment inhabitant, a teacher, a soon-to-be business owner, a cousin, a niece, a sister, a friend.
I have a family now. They’re not perfect, or conventional, or even very easy to explain. And so long as I’m happy, I don’t need to explain. They’re mine and I love them. All of them. I’m proud of them and - I’m proud of me.
And the thing is, I don’t need to press record to start my day any more.
So, thank you. Thank you for staying with me.
Dear viewer, I made a home.
– The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, episode 95 “Endings”.
An update - presumably the final update - of this.
(The downside to it being quite a large image now is that it’s hard to make out all the details unless you zoom in. The full-resolution version is here.)