It’s not a form of leveling-up either, where you reach some plateau of consciousness and never come down from it. Self-respect is self-awareness.
The bit about the “friend zone” which is, to me, my number one peeve, is that it sets up a false hierarchy.
You just haven’t found the right person yet
Things will be better. It doesn’t feel that way now, but they will.
There is more to me than my anxiety, I promise you that.
Whether I agreed with a person or not, whether I committed to helping them out or letting them deal with the consequences of that choice, those were on me.
Tiptoeing around calling someone out on their shit
After all, who wants to get messy? Who wants to admit they’re human?
For the most part, I kept off the booze, and as it turned out, being (mostly) sober in my college years taught me a few interesting things.
“Have you tried this totally different medium? I hear it’s really popular right now.”