We need to treat ourselves with the respect, admiration and pride we would with any other best friend: if someone was putting them down, we’d stand up for them. If someone was hurting them, we’d pretty much kick their ass. If good things were coming their way, we’d jump up and down with excitement, proud of what they’ve accomplished.

The reality is I will be broken forever, and I know that because I carry the tangible scars in my heart, willingly. However, it is my ability to acknowledge it, accept it, and live in spite of it, that makes me truly captivating.