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Athlete, author, relationship and business coach Julia Armstrong, shares her story:

I wonder whether the happily ever after stories we are fed as children, and later as adults through  literature and songs and films - the prince meets princess or princess kisses frog who turns into prince and they marry and live happily ever story - somehow answer a yearning for certainty within.

A desire to know, to be safe, and we misguidedly seek that safety within the arms of another who is doing the same thing. Or in the definition of a career, or in my case in sport – if I run fast I will be loved. If someone marries me then I am definitely okay and loveable. If I succeed then I will be recognised and loved. I sought okayness within the chimeras of all three of these things!

 

 
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