we need other human beings. i’ve done my best to live without other people. and there are times there is nothing i wish more than to be alone in the wild. but there’s a reason solitary confinement is torturous. so while we don’t need a specific person to make our lives complete, we very much need others who love us as we are. we need community. it’s a very delicate dance. a balance of (healthy) independence and (healthy) dependency.