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Who decides what’s real and what’s not?

When does one stop the pretense and say enough is enough?

There’s a limit to being strong. Beyond that it’s senseless.

Live in the light of the truth and allow yourself some leverage.

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How much is too much? When should you own up and prepare to fall apart? Is being strong equivalent to being stupid when your brain and heart are in a bloody mess? What about those around you? The ones you look at and think – If only God had cut them slack, given them the ability […]

How much Pretense can a Person Afford? by Terveen Gill — Gobblers & Masticadores

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17 Comments on “How much Pretense can a Person Afford by Terveen Gill — Gobblers & Masticadores – Flash Fiction

  1. Victory eludes you and you begin to realize that you’re not exactly sure what the fight is all about.

    I feel this in my bones, Terveen.


    • Thank you so much, Jeff. It was a lovely one – honest and deeply reflective. I appreciate your presence, words, and encouragement always. 🙂

  2. The inside of a writer’s mind summed up perfectly, Terveen. Do you think these internal dialogues are the reason why we choose to write? I imagined this conversation as a writer looking at an old piece of writing, and all those insecurities and frailties come flooding in.

    • I believe it IS one of the reasons we choose to write. To give those voices a form and a home, and hope that they finally find peace so that we may also rest. Insecurities are abundant and we are perfect in giving them the best companionship they can get. Thank you so much, Davy, for this wonderful reflection. 🙂

  3. This is an honest write. You can only ignore so much and then you lose yourself. Who are you really hurting by stuffing the pain. Yourself. Love this, great piece. Big hugs 🤗

  4. Many a time feelings are not easy to put into words, even though they continue to rumble through our head and we know there’s something that needs to be addressed but what that is, remains abstract. Reading through your piece feels like, these feelings have been verbalized finally; those same feelings which remain dumped around in a corner, for far too long for the lack of expression! loved reading your writing as always!!

    • Thank you so much, Deepak. You’ve beautifully picked up the vibe of this piece. No, it isn’t easy to be honest about feelings that arise from pain and suffering. But they deserve not to be camouflaged or else one starts losing themselves. Appreciate it. 🙂

  5. “The half-baked lies you often tell yourself.” That’s so real. Our brain is a tricky organ and it often perceive something that’s not there and force us to chase an illusion. I think a lot of immigrants suffer from this daily…

    • I can see what you mean. Having to adjust to a new environment, people, and culture can really play havoc on the brain. Life does appear to be an illusion that keeps shifting its shape. Thanks again. 🙂

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