Thanks for sharing a little of your story, Sam. I, too, went through a difficult and depressing time in my life when my attitude changed drastically, pushing away even those who loved me. I didn’t realize it at the time and wouldn’t for many years after I emerged from my depression. The difference with Catherine, and perhaps you also, is that she never knew how to be her authentic self. Her childhood and young adult years were focused on survival, not making friends or being liked. I assume her father didn’t allow her much freedom so she didn’t develop social skills. She didn’t realize she was unfriendly and often rude and critical. Being free from her father and the fear of her father allowed her the opportunity to be who she was always meant to be. It was after her transformation that she could recognize how different she was before. It’s all about perspective.

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