"Awoke in the middle of the night and wrote down that it is important not to accept life as a brutal approximation."
—Jim Harrison, “From the Dalva Notebooks, 1985-1987,” in Just Before Dark: Collected Nonfiction (Clark City Press, 1991)
It’s okay to say no. You shouldn’t ever have to compromise who you are and what feels comfortable in order to make someone else happy. If a person doesn’t respect the boundaries you set, then they aren’t worth your time, effort, or friendship. Your feelings matter, and if something doesn’t feel okay, you have the right to voice it. I know that you want to make other people happy. I know that you want to be accepted and well-received. But putting other people’s feelings ahead of your own is not the way to do it. At the end of the day, you have to do what is best for you. You have to make your happiness and wellbeing a priority. Because you matter. And because you are deserving of a life that corresponds with your authentic self.
Daniell Koepke (via exoticwild)