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‘Desire Is Never the Mistake’

‘Desire Is Never the Mistake’

Update: 2020-12-1621
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This holiday season, it’s OK to want more. Paula grew up in foster care, and year after year she would find herself “clobbered by desire” when the holidays rolled around. She longed for a mother and father to rescue her and “make everything better”; she wished for the hip-huggers and games she saw on TV.

When she was 21, she met a man named Jeff who ruptured this annual cycle of desire. He became the inspiration for a hard-earned Christmas lesson.

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Paula's story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

You can find more information on today's episode here.

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Jedi mind trick

Allow yourself to want things, no matter the risk of disappointment. Desire is never the mistake. Loved your story Paula and yes Christmas is survivable. 👏🏻📿🖤

Jan 27th
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‘Desire Is Never the Mistake’

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