I Left a Cult (And So Can You!)

“I feel like I came out of a cult.”

I remember the first time I said that it was meant to be a joke. But there’s a reason a therapist spends most of their time encouraging their patient to talk. Sometimes when you’re groping for a way to explain how you feel about something, you stumble upon a breakthrough moment, changing the way you see the world around you.

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I gathered myself off the road and pick up the bicycle I had borrowed from my roommate. I remember being worried that it might be damaged but thinking it was okay even if I couldn’t make it move by pushing it. The car bumper had hit my hip and bent the bike. Realizing that I had dropped my take-home Arby’s cup, I turned to fetch it but decided better when I saw the cars flattening it beneath their speeding wheels.