My feelings matter.

“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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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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