A recent incident during my overseas trip brought to mind a part of the book Catching Fire, where Katniss is returning to the arena. Before her last TV appearance, her prep team burst into hysterics while doing her up because they couldn’t control their own emotions, and Katniss’s narrative: “The idea of being strong for someone else had never occurred to them.” I saw this manifesting positively and negatively in the people around me. In order to properly care for others, we first need to be able to get over ourselves.


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