Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself.

Trying to become smaller. Quieter. Less sensitive. Less opinionated. Less needy.

Less me.

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.

Inspired By:

Daniell Koepke

via WordsNQuotes

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