”Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?” This is a line from Hanyaya Nagihara’s novel A Little Life. I picked this book for my book club earlier this year, and it is now one of my favorites. It is long and goes into excruciating detail about some of the worst things imaginable. It is also about how friendship and love can make even the worst things better. Today is the two year anniversary of two separate, horrible things in my family. I wish they hadn’t happened. But I have been transformed by the ways friends have held me in their aftermath. And I’m grateful for that.
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts