"Dying people can teach us this most directly. Often the attributes that define them drop away and then it turns out that the packaging is not who that person has really been all along. Without the package, another sort of beauty shines through. It turned out the essence of Pammy wasn’t about the things she could do with her hands. Who she was wasn’t about doing at all. Who we are isn’t about what we do."
– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird