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”

~Daniel Keopke.

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