It just happens. Even when almost everyone who showed you how to do things showed you wrong, and screwed you up, and left; even when you have promised yourself fifteen different sets of sheets and in freight trains and on sidewalks, staring up at the stars, that you will do it different from all the people who have done it wrong and hurt you, still you do it the same. Still you do the same shit to everybody else that they have done to you. I know it must be possible to keep promises. There must be people who say things and mean then and who can make the words turn real. But I’ve never met one. I keep trying to be something I’m not even sure exists. I’ve promised myself so many times that I won’t be like so many people, and I still do it anyway. I still make people cry, and laugh at them, and I know as soon as everyone really sees me they’ll all leave again and I’ll be left with the noise not being able to sleep.
Almost Home by Jessica Blank