Keep your friends close. Randolph Bourne, a writer from a century ago with a disability, advised cultivating interests and not allowing yourself to feel inferior. He also wrote about the importance of friendship: “Without friends I feel as if even my music and books and interests would turn stale on my hands” (quoted in The Best American Essays of the Century, p. 70).
Go hug a friend today, and feel better!
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