Ok guys, time for some TRUTH TALK:
Growing up, I was taught to be obedient, to avoid conflict, and to make people happy – which for the most part worked very well and kept me from getting in trouble. BUT, as I’ve grown up, I’ve realized that it has shaped me in a way that subconsciously made me afraid to stand up for myself. Like, TERRIFIED – because I hate upsetting other people. But the truth is – life isn’t perfect and you have to have the downs to appreciate the ups…you have to have bad people to appreciate the good people.
I’ve had to tell numerous individuals things they didn’t want to hear. And you know what? IT SUCKS. But you know what sucks even more?? When people think they can step all over you and take advantage of you. That’s not ok. And guess what? In many cases, ego and pride will get in the way of the other person even trying to understand where you’re coming from, so – they don’t belong in your life anyway. You’ve got to rise above to protect your soul and your sanity.
I am grateful to be where I am today, living the life I love with the people I love, because of the choices I’ve made…to stand up for myself and for the people I care about. As scary and uncomfortable as it may be, I hope you choose to confront your demons. I know it’s painful, but to get rid of the pain, you’ve got to deal with it head on. 👊