I am a completely different person now, unrecognizable from the past. Gone are the days when I would bend over backward to please others. I no longer invest my efforts in people who don’t bother to ask about my well-being or reciprocate the same level of care.
In the past, I used to feel ecstatic when someone did even the smallest thing for me, appreciating any gesture of kindness or display of affection. But that person no longer exists. I’ve grown and matured since our last encounter, gaining a deeper understanding of myself.
Back then, I was naive and innocent, placing my utmost trust in you. I genuinely believed in the inherent goodness of people, hoping they would rise above their flaws, even when they only brought me pain and suffering.
But now, I’ve learned my lessons. It took countless years of deception, manipulation, and heartbreak to realize that I am the sole custodian of my own happiness. I had to endure multiple instances of hurt to comprehend that it was my own permission that allowed them to treat me that way.
Every experience I went through has shaped me into the person I am today—a confident and resilient woman. I now believe in myself and my capabilities.
I have shed my previous role as a pushover. I refuse to let anyone take advantage of me or believe they can come and go as they please. I no longer compromise my standards, self-worth, and expectations, regardless of how deeply I care for or like someone.
If it took someone a week to reply to my text, I won’t be quick to answer their call on the second ring. I no longer strive to make others happy if they don’t extend the same consideration to me.
My feelings matter, and above all, I matter. Finally, I have reached a point in my life where I willingly distance myself from toxic and unhealthy individuals. Call me whatever names you please; it doesn’t affect me. I know my worth, and I value myself.