Feeling human through heartbreak
Ugh, your prose moves me. You dropped me into the moment of your full body tingle.
It prompted me to reflect on my own physical experiences with heartbreak. For me, it felt like my chest was stuffed with fluff like a teddy bear.
Your storytelling is golden. Poetic, vulnerable, with a distinct Camilo humor that pulls the reader forward.
"after a charming paddle-board date that ended up not being a date" This cracked me up -- I have totally been there 🤣
Great story and message! Definitely our ability to feel makes us human, amazing definition 👌
This essay!! This footnotes!! <3 Glad they saw the light of day. Such a fun read, Camilo
Camilo, such an important and insightful message wrapped in a beautiful and heartfelt story. Our hearts have to break so that we can let more life in. That was my favorite part - you celebrating the feeling of your heart breaking.
One last small, but big, detail not to be overlooked, Bixby was a perfect name for the heroine.
Ah that moment when we are rejected by a friend and have to hang out with the friend. Very awkward, no matter how mature we think we are behaving 😅 Well captured!
You recommendation for curated essays reminded me of another good collection: https://www.themarginalian.org
This was a delight. And thank you for writing this! - "But it cannot be doused in hormones that create a full body tingle. It cannot grieve so deeply that your diaphragm tires from weeping, it cannot feel joy so fiercely that ecstasy becomes timeless." Makes me want to cheer. The cherry on top of the whole thing was the custom subscribe call to action at the bottom. Brilliant.
Beautifully told and extremely relatable story. Really enjoyed reading this one - thanks for digging through the cringe archives for us and honoring the theme of the week!
What a great story! It made me feel a lot of those uniquely human emotions. ❤️
I am riveted by your storytelling. The setup and pacing is perfect. I’ve never considered the heartbreak as what makes us uniquely humane. Thank you.