To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on June 14, 2016 in Picture Quotes

“Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself. Trying to become smaller. Quieter. 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 honor my feelings. I choose to give myself permission to get my needs met. I choose me”
~Daniel Keopke


  1. Camille July 1, 2016 Reply

    Thank you. Oh my goodness. I’m crying. You have no idea the timing. I needed this. Right now. Wow. I can barely make sentences. Beautiful. Wonderful. The message… Powerful and straight to the heart. Thank you.

  2. EngineerBC July 1, 2016 Reply

    wow sooo soo poweful. i think i need to start doing this.

  3. Linda Bierlein July 9, 2016 Reply

    So fitting for this time in my life .Thankyou!

  4. Deb July 21, 2016 Reply

    Umm…did you read my diary?

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