The things I have collected that have changed me can't be touched or looked at through a glass case. They can't have a sticker slapped on them with a date and place of origin. And they definitely cannot sit on a shelf and gather dust.
I am a collector of relationships. I enjoy people. I know myself better because of people that I have found a connection with, and I get a little disoriented when that connection loses power. I feel like a little strand of me is fraying at the ends. Some people like to shut down, or turn inside, when things start piling up, but I crave interaction as a way to unfold and find myself again. I am also that girl who can go to lunch and a movie all alone and thoroughly enjoy it, because my relationships aren't a necessity, but rather a luscious decoration. And so I collect and am better for it.