|Art by Obsolete World|
I've been doing a lot of reading and thinking and wondering. Today I ran across this article that was perfectly timed, and I wanted to share it, as it hit me hard -- in a good way.
It's an awesome article for anyone who's making life changes and tells how to safeguard yourself against opinions that can damage. I hope you'll take some time to read it -- it's not long and really, really good.
I've learned a lot of things this year, and I'm absorbing it all and hopefully will be able to make more positive changes in my thinking. Therapy helps a LOT. I've learned that a friend doesn't necessarily have to be physically in my neighborhood, but can be an online friend, or a distant friend I haven't seen in years. And it's better to have no friends or family at all than to constantly be wondering why I'm not good enough for respect, empathy, or understanding. I have my husband and son and they are indeed the best things that have ever happened to me. There is such a thing as unconditional love.
Really, I wish I had been able to write that article -- it's so very perfect. I am 100% responsible for how I feel about my life, so I'm 100% responsible for who I allow in it and what I allow to bother me. Friends, family, co-workers -- they can be toxic or hurt us with passive aggressive (or just plain aggressive!) words, but we don't have to take it. It's up to any of us to decide whether a relationship is fixable or not. Just don't wait so long to decide that you end up hurting your own feelings.
|Light shining through clouds outside my home.|
Next year is going to be a banner year. I can feel it. With all the changes I'm making now, the things I'm tentatively exploring and the things I'm rapidly embracing, there's no way it can't be. My word for the year IS "metamorphosis", after all.
I think I'm ready to break out of that chrysalis.