We were once upon a time two disparate individuals inhabiting the same intellectual space and time. Then somehow, somewhere, sometime, you noticed me and were inclined to transfer into my orbital path. We then slowly began the process of colliding, melding, and growing together until the atmosphere (the outside conditions, the expectations, especially those imposed by others) and our inner realities created too much friction. We cleft apart in every single sense of the dictionary definition. And now I am learning that, just like a diamond must be sharply and decisively cleft to expose its most beautiful facets, I too must be broken apart, split along my true seam to reveal that hidden self of beauty and wisdom.