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

Published on August 14, 2017 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. ~Daniell Keopke.


  1. Anoush Schukin August 14, 2017 Reply

    Agreed amen and ty for putting to words my feelings

    • Vivian August 14, 2017 Reply

      Amen to that!

  2. ARLENE G. BANUELOS October 13, 2017 Reply

    I may be kind, nice, patient, broadminded and empathic but I truly love myself with all the inherent human privileges and human rights….

    Myself matters truly..and I am honest to say my feelings matter….

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