"I know I am ok. Because I know I am ok... because I know I am ok."
That stayed true for a long time. That recursive refrain, the tail eating its own tail.
I did not notice that the buffer was getting depleted. I did not notice that my resilience was being eroded.
Until one day when "I know I am ok", stopped being true. Abruptly. I lost my balance. I stumbled and fell hard, because what has always been true - has always been true.
I did not know how to deal with the not-true.
No one is truly self-reliant. We all just have different lengths of time that we can go without the need for inter-dependence. And inter-reliance.
Now I know I am ok, because others also know I am ok.