There’s a line in the book ‘Beloved’ where the character Amy, while speaking with Sethe, says, “It’s going to hurt now. Anything dead coming back to life hurts.” I came across this line before reading, or fully knowing the story of Beloved, and even still it made sense. Though I couldn’t describe the sense it made in words, I felt it. For me, growth has often meant the returning to, or the regeneration of an old thing, rather than the coming to being of a new thing. But, in many ways, returning and becoming is, or feels to be one, and the same.