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.
For years it was never about me.
Always put them first,
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.
Eating a healthy meal.
Or just simply taking time to myself.
So that I can be,
A better me.