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ShareTheMeal is a fantastic idea! Love that generosity, Andrei.

I’ve never broken a bone either, though for a period of my childhood I told people I told people I’d broken my nose once, just to be cool

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Hahaha, I was really tempted to do that a few times. Though I guess I don’t remember for sure, so I might actually have said it. Thanks for reading, Mikey!

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Sep 9, 2023Liked by Andrei Atanasov

I don’t know you, although I learn more each post of yours I read (which are ever so good)

Yet I love you this moment because of your linking ShareTheMeal. That speaks volumes of a large soul. you obviously possess.

I get by on a very limited budget, hence unable to subscribe to my favorites here, such as yours, yet because of limited resources I will donate, joyfully share what I have. We are here to help each other along this life. Thank you for your help. I bow in gratitude and respect to you. And i always look forward to your words. Alix~

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Thanks for being here, for reading, and for helping. You’re a kind soul, Alix! And I so appreciate your kind words, too!

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Sep 9, 2023Liked by Andrei Atanasov

I've never had a broken bone, either. And sure hope to never change that.

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Jun 15Liked by Andrei Atanasov

No broken bones here, either. Nor scars. Funny thing, I have always taken great pride in my perfect record.

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Jan 2Liked by Andrei Atanasov

Awesome.

I've never broken a bone either. Never considered it as another possible source of my anxiety, but it makes total sense. Avoiding bodily harm and protecting those around me from it is like a 24/7 job I'm not getting paid for. 😂 I did injure a disk in my back in my 20s while shoveling heavy snow and the pain from that experience was something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, so I'm still not exactly enthusiastic about the prospect of snapping a limb.

BTW, pretty sure that kid who claimed he punch-broke his arm is full of crap. 😂My guess is he "fell weird" while picking his laundry up off the floor or something. 😉

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Well, that guy was a known embellisher, and I’m sure this particular story was total crap! And yeah, turns out everything can be a source of anxiety, depending on the person. I’ve got a bunch of irrational fears, and maybe I’ll write about a few more in the future!

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Thank you so much for posting the Van Gogh Skeleton. It’s such a powerful painting that I have never seen before. Although the cigarette was a joke, of course it is very symbolic.

I have never broken a bone. I wanted to as a child, so that people could draw on my plaster.

The ShareTheMeal link is very thoughtful. Thank you.

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Thank you a million for reading, Kate! I first saw that painting on a cover of one of David Sedaris’s books, When We Are Engulfed in Flames.

I do hope we can get together some donations. Makes me feel like I’m really working for something, that my work is making an impact.

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That is an interesting, unusual perspective, Andrei! But, trust me, the fact that you're not physically broken is a good thing, knock on wood. And what a mighty fine idea with ShareTheMeal! I shall look into it...

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Nadia! Thanks for reading. To be honest, a draft of this essay has been in my files since the very early days, but other stories took priority. I was glad to finally give it shape and get it out of me. And seeing how much I’ve grown over the past two-ish years has been very enlightening and freeing.

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I'm glad you shared it with us. It's important to share whatever we think and feel as freely as possible. In sharing our thoughts we learn more about ourselves and each other. And surely someone else must relate too!

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I've only broken a bone once, and it was kind of lame: I cracked my fingers because they bent back too far when I tried to break (ha) a fall. And at first one believed me that they were broken! (I was a very dramatic child, so I kind of get it, but also adults should listen to kids more.)

But anyway, I really enjoyed this. It isn't overcoming physical pain that makes us stronger, better people--it's self-reflection and working through emotional difficulty that help us grow. Well done! And absolutely love your idea of encouraging donations rather than paid subscriptions. Just lovely.

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Thank you for reading, Sam! I missed your comments. And yes, I totally agree. It’s through self-reflection and challenging our long-held bullsh*t that we grow. I’ll have more to say on this at some point, I think.

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I've never broken or sprained any thing, *knocks on wood* but I've also never had a feeling like I was missing out as a result. I'm a bit fascinated by your mind fixating on that.

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So am I 😂

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Sep 15, 2023·edited Sep 15, 2023Liked by Andrei Atanasov

Hi! What a sweetie story! 😊

I have to say, that I donate to one dogs' shelter. I know is not the same, but is another way to protect vulnerable beings.

In the other hand, when I was a child, I was a very naughty girl 😅

I had some injuries, like sprains in my right wrist or my ankle. I have also some scars, I had some stitchs done in my knees... But as you, I've never had a broken bone. 😉

I've got to say, that it seemed amazing to see the others' injuries, but thinking about the unconfortable that wearing those plasters was, mostly in summer... Uf, it wasn't worth it 😅

Nowadays I have had done two infiltrations in one of my fingers... I can still talk about it at work and have my moment of glory but... I think is better to be healthy and talk about the holidays instead of the injuries. 😉

Thank you very much as always! 😀

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And thank you for reading! Amazing you don’t have broken bones either. Especially as a naughty kid... you must have been lucky!

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A great post ... love the 'feed hungry kids' appeal - such important work and a great reminder that even if we're only able to make a small contribution it can make a BIG difference.

Ah, the tales we tell ourselves as we grow up, eh.

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Ah, yes, and the gradual but hard-hitting realization that it’s all crap. Thank you very much for reading!

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I felt this in my bones, in both your story and meal-sharing suggestion. 💜

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That makes me so happy. Thanks, as always, for reading, Amie! 🫶🏻

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Sep 10, 2023Liked by Andrei Atanasov

I used to be just like you Andrei. I use to fall down a lot — I'm almost positive "clumsy" is included in my genetics — and I bruised myself all the time. But I've never twisted, sprained or broken a thing, which, according to my parents, is a miracle. Breaking your arm or your wrist is practically intertwined with being a kid, they are synonymous with each other (if that makes sense?). Now, as I'm older (at my ripe age of 26 lol), I realise that I'm lucky that my bones have remained in tact considering all my falls, that I wasn't the kid with sprained this and broken that because those injuries can manifest into bigger and worse things when you're older. My dad has had rugby injuries for years that now are developing into aching ankles and bad knees (not something you want to have when you get older). I've now switched mindsets and almost wear it as a badge of honour to have always remained in one piece and I certainly don't intend on breaking anything anytime soon.

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That’s an awesome switch in mindset! I’m also 26, and it’s cool to see we’re progressing along the same lines. And yeah, at this age I wouldn’t really want to start breaking things.

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Sep 10, 2023Liked by Andrei Atanasov

This was great, Andrei.

I've also never broken a bone. Come close a few times, but nope. I think I'm happy to leave it that way now I'm 40 :)

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Thanks for reading, Nathan! I was surprised how many people replied saying they never have, lol. Goes to show how skewed my perception actually was.

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I have yet to break any bones, but I have stressed my left wrist playing tennis (which happens to be attached to my writing hand), and I injured my left leg playing soccer a few times when I was younger. The results being I have to occassionally wear a wrist brace, and I haven’t played soccer (not even for fun) since high school because my ankle will go out and have me on the ground for a bit from the pressure that involves running and kicking the ball🫠

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Sorry to hear. Learned any important lessons as a result of those injuries? 😂

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I gotta curve my competiveness?👀🤔Yes, that seems to be the lesson here🤣

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Haha, well, it’s a worthy lesson all the same!

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I also like the idea of Share the Meal! How did you hear about this organization?

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I don’t remember, really! It might have been a Youtube ad? I just know I was really taken by it from the start. It’s very very simple to donate, and the iOS app is very responsive. I just love that the United Nations is making it very easy to donate, and they’re fundraising for all sorts of causes.

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Love that! Just goes to show that sometimes good things do come out of YouTube and other media outlets when used correctly-what a concept😄

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Yeah! It’s probably the only good thing I ever got out of a Youtube ad (if that’s what it was!), but it was worth it, for sure.

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Sweet post! Don't break any bones - you are already cool. Share The Meal has made sure of that!

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🫶🏻 hopefully I won’t. I’ll certainly try to avoid it!

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