...It is okay to leave anyone and anything and anyplace that makes you feel like shit. It’s hard, but it’s okay. And stop explaining anything to anyone, unless you want to. Let them wonder.
...They will call you crazy. You are a woman. There is no way of going through the world in the moment we live in and not get called crazy by someone, often someone you wish would see you as deeply sane. You are not crazy. The world is crazy. If you are affected by this imbalanced, unjust world, it only proves that you are a sentient being with some sense of empathy.
...You are going to have moments of unbearable pain. It takes time to learn how to heal yourself. And healing sometimes still leaves scars. Healing is sometimes incomplete. Think of your scars as battle-wounds – evidence of how much wiser you are now- maps of where not to return. Cherish these scars and honor them. There will come times when they are the only reminder of where you have been, and how much you still need to grow.
...You are going to have moments of unbearable loneliness. You need to learn how to love being with yourself, because ultimately, no one has the potential to love you like you can. It is beautiful to love and be loved, but these are just hints as to how to regard yourself. If you regard yourself highly, and learn to turn loneliness into soothing solitude, you will be capable of giving and receiving truly transformative love.
...You are not responsible for the actions of those who hated themselves so much that they hurt you on purpose.
... You are inherently valuable. You have worth. Ask no one for permission.
I love this.
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**I altered some of the harsher language because, well, I had to avoid a call from my mom asking me why I had to post such vulgar language... Crisis averted. ;)