In honor of Father’s Day, our writer shares the insight and clarity she found on the mat alongside her father as she was coming of age.
In my adolescence, I had the pervading sense that things were not okay.Some of my concerns were banal (Where do I fit on the social hierarchy? Do I have the right possessions, the right stuff? Am I beautiful?), but others were weightier and often more pressing (Will I ever find a way to like myself? What kind of life am I going to lead? How can I figure out which people belong in my life?). I felt simultaneously like I was missing out on everything important and that I should hole up in my room and read everything I could—alone.