Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself.
Trying to become smaller. Quieter. Less sensitive. Less opinionated. Less needy.
I didn't want to be a burden.
I didn't want to be too much or push people away.
I wanted people to like me
I wanted to be cared for and valued.
I wanted to be wanted.
So for years, I sacrificed myself for the sake of making other people happy and for years, I suffered in a self-induced silence.
But I'm tired of suffering and I'm done shrinking.
It's not my job to change who I am in order to become someone else's idea of a worthwhile human being. I AM WORTHWHILE! Not because other people think I am, but because I EXIST, and therefore I matter!
My thoughts matter.
My feelings matter.
My voice matters.
And with or without anyone's permission or approval, I will continue to be who I am and speak my truth. Even if it makes people angry. Even if it makes them uncomfortable.
Even if they choose to leave.
I REFUSE to shrink.
I choose to take up space.
I choose to honor my feelings.
I choose to give myself permission to get my needs met.
I choose self-care a priority.
I choose me.