We forget so quickly that we started life bound to another by a cord. We see our lives as separate- unique, individual, yet we all remain connected to each other through invisible ties; cords of shared experiences, shared suffering. It is easy to ignore and easy to judge, but on many levels, we are the same. We all have broken parts and damaged pieces that have shaped us into who we are. We find new strengths through the damage. Like spiderweb, we stretch, bend, sway, and become tattered, but we do not easily break. We are torn down only to be rebuilt again- the fibers of our individuality rearrange themselves. Looking past the glossy surface and facades of who we are at any given moment, we are all so much alike, and we are all a little threadbare.