I was raised to serve my family,
Be a people pleaser,

Mainly to appease Her.
I had to think ahead,
Anticipate needs and wants,
And if I didn’t,
I was in trouble.
Considered selfish.

For years it was never about me.
Always put them first,
Financially,
EMOTIONALLY.
Even if it meant going through the worst,
Exchanging my happiness for theirs.
Self-neglect of my own affairs.

It has taken a long time to learn,
Putting others first can’t be at my expense.
I’m learning to draw the lines,
And stop pushing my needs aside.

Now, I’m making myself a priority.
Not in a selfish way.
But, in a nurturing way.

Whether it’s through writing.
exercise.
Eating a healthy meal.
Or just simply taking time to myself.

So that I can be,
A better me.

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