Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself.

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Hyderabad, , 27 September 2022 , Most of my life has been spent trying to shrink myself.
Trying to become smaller. Quieter. Less sensitive. Less opinionated. Less needy. Less me.
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 to honour my feelings. I choose to give myself permission to get my needs met.
I choose to make self-care a priority.
I choose me

In this time of self indulgence, bullying, loneliness and suicides among young people have reached an all time high. Fb created a space for pretention and escapism.
Let's look with more tender eyes to the people occupying our little corner of the world and allow them to be who they are. Let's not hide behind superiority complexes making others feel less than they are.
~ A Friend

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