i choose me





Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself.
Trying to become smaller.
Less sensitive.
Less opinionated.
Less needy.

Because 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.

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 ME.





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