Sunday, July 17, 2016

Turning pages and new leaves

"Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your well being a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful – you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself."

— Daniell Koepke

This has been simmering in my mind for quite some time now. The ways of the world, they call it. The Universe and its master plan.

You stumble upon people from all over the world, various walks of life, and their own story to tell. We are all different. This is a fact. You pick your tribe, sometimes your family, and you usually choose carefully who stays and who goes. The older you get, the smaller and tighter your circle becomes. This is a process. A much needed one, if you ask me.

There will come a point in your life when you have to make the decision on whether you try harder or simply walk away. You will realize that there's nothing wrong with taking care of yourself and making decisions that pave the way to your own happiness. Even if it means going there without them.

I keep talking about dodged bullets and unchained shackles. The truth is, Daniell Koepke couldn't have said it any better. I believe we all deserve to be happy and that we were not put on this planet doomed to misery and anguish. Now, more than ever, i know that settling for mediocrity is a coward's way out. Because right behind that gate of fear was everything i had ever wanted. All i had to do was jump.

Ultimately, the universe has your back. Don't ignore the signs. It will tap you on the shoulder every now and then... don't wait for it to drop kick you in the face. 

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