Letting people be who they are is one of the biggest challenges of adulthood.
Untitled (1973) by Helen Lundeberg
For the first half of my life, I was afraid of differences. I would stumble on someone who seemed a lot like me, and I’d become excited and effusive. Finally, someone who understands me! But eventually, small differences would pop up. I’d start to notice our values didn’t match, or our beliefs were out of sync, or our w…