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

Published on August 14, 2017 in Picture Quotes
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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. 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.

3 Comments

  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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