If you feel invisible, unwanted, or worthless because of the people you’re surrounded by, you don’t have to stay silent. You don’t have to just hang in there and hope that things get better. You’re allowed to speak up and be honest about how these people are making you feel. You’re allowed to voice your needs and share what does and doesn’t feel good to you. And more than anything, you’re allowed to get up and walk away. You don’t ever have to stay in an unsafe space with people who make you feel small. You don’t have to sit and wait until someone shows up to validate your worth. You have to trust that you have the right to leave anyone and anything that hurts you. You have to trust that the person you’ve been waiting for to recognize you for the gift you are, is you.
~ Daniell Koepke