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most of my life has been spent trying
to shrink myself
trying to become smaller
quieter
less sensitive
less opinionated
less needy
less me
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 to make self-care a priority
i choose me

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