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“Some people are ruminators and some people aren’t, and the ones who are can turn one bad incident into a lifetime of trauma. ‘You can’t let yourself think how close this shit is,’ O’Byrne explained to me later. ‘Inches. Everything is that close. There’s just places I don’t allow my mind to go. Steiner was saying to me, ‘What if the bullet—’ and I just stopped him right there. I didn’t even let him finish. I said, ‘But it didn’t. It didn’t.’

from War, by Sebastian Junger