Things I Wish I Was Taught When I Was Younger

  1. apologies aren't always enough
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  2. you don't have to forgive someone
    some people are shitty and don't deserve your forgiveness
  3. kindness doesn't always work
    if someone is being shitty/problematic and aren't responding to kindness, you don't have to keep being kind towards them.
  4. It's okay to feel sad or unhappy even if the things you are sad about pale in comparison to someone else's issues
    Suggested by   @k8mcgarry
  5. you don't EVER have to apologize for your feelings. you're allowed to feel how you feel, regardless of what other people say/think.
    *as long as you're acting appropriately on the feelings
    Suggested by   @taylordudzinski
  6. you can do things at your own pace
    You aren't a lesser person if it takes you a little longer to accomplish certain things than your peers.
    Suggested by   @kaitmaree
  7. Your time, spirit, mental energy, and opinions are valuable. Don't throw any of them away on people who don't deserve them.
    Don't date assholes. Don't waste time with false friends. Speak your mind with kindness and live honestly, regardless of what others might think.
    Suggested by   @jennyanydots