Mother Untitled MUSE | Joan Didion

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...to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect. Without it, one eventually discovers the final turn of the screw: one runs away to find oneself, and finds no one at home.
— Joan Didion, "On Self Respect"

PS I do not endorse smoking ciggies, especially next to children but it was a different time and I adore her and her incredible perspective and talent.

Featured Photograph by Julian Wasser, 1970s