I relate so hard to Randall Pearson on This Is Us. From the stuff with his dad, his family, his need to succeed, his breakdowns, his anxiety. He’s textbook Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Just like me.
His conversation with Kate at the cabin in this week’s episode hit me hard. I know he was talking about his experience living life as a black man, but the words he said could have been mine.
Hiding the hurt from your family is exhausting. Knowing they need you to hide it is heart-breaking. It’s not sustainable. Eventually it has to stop. After 41 years, it has to stop.