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

Published on April 20, 2016 in Picture Quotes, Quote of the Day

“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. ~Daniell Keopke.


  1. Grace April 20, 2016 Reply

    Beautiful Quote love it, sounds like me a little bit.

  2. Mary April 20, 2016 Reply

    You were so great at writing – this – it was as if I was the one speaking these words-I could have never spoken so eloquently. Thank you so very much!

  3. Pearl Lederman April 20, 2016 Reply

    true and you shouldnt have to change who you are

  4. Char April 21, 2016 Reply

    Man I LOVE this! I was just telling a girl last night that in every relationship Ive been in I change and like what they like. No one has ever done that for ME! From now on I am going to be me, whoever that is. Like it or not, taker or leave me. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. June June 5, 2017 Reply

    There was a time when ONLY your feelings mattered.With my deepest respect, lets be a time for my turn and my feelings to matter.

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