Anything forced will always be temporary and anyone who diminishes your self-worth will never be the person who brings out the best in you.
You stop blaming yourself for things.
You have a long list of excuses to stay, but not a single actual reason to.
Self-respect means walking away from anyone who makes you feel like you aren’t good enough, like you are only a burden, like you are inherently worthless — because you know that’s not the truth.
Taking control of your narrative. Correcting people when they misspeak, or have incorrect assumptions about you and your life.
Changing your perspective on a situation can mean the world of difference in how you approach deviations and adversity. Dismiss useless and toxic thoughts as they don’t serve you, but only hinder you instead.
We accept humiliation. We accept neglect. We accept rejection. We rationalize them. We build our level of acceptance and expectations around them. We lower our own standards with our own hands.
Love lets us down time and again, and yet we throw in all our cards, gamble all our chips, jump right into the deep end, and then wonder why it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.
You are allowed to let people go. You are allowed to feel upset for not getting what you deserve.
Self-love isn’t about treating yourself like a two-year-old. It’s about treating yourself like that two-year-old’s parent – the one who knows better than their impulsive and temperamental child.