by Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog

You told me you would call me back. It’s an easy thing to say, you know. You don’t really think of it as the words come out of your mouth, but it calms the other person down and takes a bit of the urgency out of the situation. You’ve bought yourself some time, and for a moment, all parties are satisfied. “Everything will be okay, I’ll call you back.”

But when you say that to someone, someone who is hanging on your every word and really wants to believe it when you say something as straightforward as promising to call, it means something. We take in these words and, consciously or not, form our days around them. We will look at our phones again and again, checking them to make sure that we haven’t missed anything, picking them up even when they don’t buzz because we have convinced ourselves we…

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