I remember for so long I treated every person I met with kindness and respect. Once I came out, I recognized the impact that kind words and support had on me and decided that I never wanted someone to feel anything other than that. I always struggled with my mental health, but I would push it aside and put all of my energy into those around me, which I want to emphasize I do not regret at all. However, through a lot of time and even more pain I realized that I couldn’t help others until I learned how to help myself first. It’s still something I struggle with to this day, but self-care and self-worth are important to fight for. If you are visiting this amazing site, I know you have a lot of love and compassion in your heart for others, but please make sure you take that love and compassion for yourself sometimes. You are worthy and loved, never forget that.
P.S. I’m in the middle in the picture.