Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of struggle, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.
This was brutal to watch because my family avoided all traumas. They refused to be defined by them and instead ignored and hid them. In the end, instead of forging an identity over overcoming obstacles, our identity became of weakness and giving in to anything that was hard.