After seven years in a military prison, and out of brutalizing solitary confinement following multiple suicide attempts, pardoned whistle-blower Chelsea Manning finally walked out of prison today. And then she did what free, normal people do everywhere: She posted to Instagram.
She’s already posted two photos, and they’re, by a long shot, the most cheering and positive things on the internet in months. Even just the sheer, boring normalcy of them is more gratifying than one might expect. The first is of her “[f]irst steps of freedom!! 😄.”
The other is of a slice of pizza.
Maybe most gratifying of all are the uniformly positive, congratulatory comments. It’s just really nice.