You meet someone.
You meet the other.
You are polite. The other is polite.
You eat each other a little.
After his departure you are slightly damaged.
And what do you do then?
Do you repair the damage and do you become again what you were?
Or do you go on as you are?
Damaged, but lighter.
From A Glimpse of Nothingness by Janwillem van de Wetering [1931-2008]