The stress creeps up the back of her larynx. For a moment, she panics—what if she doesn’t know what to do this time? This is when she breathes.
A simple exercise, it may seem, but one that’s saved her life a thousand times over. This is when she breathes.
The oxygen fills her lungs, entering every last crevice until she feels like she could burst—before it all gets let out, once more, along with every doubt, every question, every uncertainty, every fear. This is when she breathes.
She inhales not only air, but life, forcing herself to stay suspended in the moment for as long as it takes her insides to calm. Here you go, baby. You have what you need. Everything is fine.
This is when she breathes.
Not when she needs to—biology handles that just fine—but when the weight of the world comes crushing down, and the only choice she has? Is to exhale.
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