~~Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself. Trying to become smaller. Quieter. Less sensitve. Less opinionated. Less me. Because I didn't want to be a burden. I didn't want to be too much or push people away. I wasnted 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. I am done shrinking. It's not my job to changed 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 persmission to get my needs met. I choose to make self-care a priority. I choose me.~~ Daniell Koepke
Have you come to this point in your life yet? Where you recognize that your needs are just as important as everyone else's? Where you understand that you are a worthwhile human being? Where you choose you?
I hope so. I hope you reach this realization with joy and marvel and wonder. Because once you understand how very much you are wanted in this world, it is like the weight of the world is off your shoulders. It is a freedom so sweet that it takes your breath away.
Refuse to shrink for the comfort of others. Honor your feelings. Be proud of who you are. Because who you are is unique.....breathtakingly glorious....and utterly perfect.
Smoking kills the spirit as much as the body so oftentimes we forget how perfect we are. Instead we slink away from life, head down, but furiously puffing away on a stick we secretly loathe. Even when we want it.
I hope you choose you. I hope, when you quit smoking, the perfect you emerges from the shadows and bursts into glorious life! I hope you become your own hero. I hope you love your life. I hope you never lose yourself again. And I hope that you never allow yourself to shrink for anyone....or anything....ever again.
Life is waiting for you.