Today, I'm going to give you a chance I never gave myself. A chance to understand that you don't have to compare yourself to anyone else. A chance to understand that you are enough, you've done enough, and you will do enough to make your life worth living. You may not feel like you deserve this chance. But you need it.
I have decided that today, I'm going to try. I'm going to try to not be afraid of what people say to me. What they have to say about me. My strategy is simple: anticipate, accept, and understand. If you anticipate someone will say something mean or disrespectful, you can prepare yourself. Then, if they do say something, you accept. Accept that's the way they feel about you. Finally, the most important part: understand. Understand that it is not your responsibility to try to make them feel differently or prove them wrong. I did all this today hoping that tomorrow, you find the courage to try and do the same.
it's not about the pain. it's not about the price. it's about the sacrifice people are willing to accept to get what they want. to get what they need. understanding they're willing to do more than bleed. because understanding is the first step to earning respect. and a world with more respect brings us one step closer to a world of acceptance.
"You don't understand" "No, YOU don't understand!" The truth is, none of us can ever truly understand. Because despite our need to be social, to connect with each other, our experiences, our feelings, are ours alone. But that doesn't make connections we have with others any less meaningful. One more thing. For what it's worth, your feelings, your experiences, are valid.
I hate it every time the feelings find you before your words And then, after two years, one minute, five hours, or whenever they bother showing up, it's like your heart and your stomach just sits there saying "we told you so" and you hate them for speaking so clearly whilst you refused to