A note on toxic relationships/associations and loving yourself. The definition, idea, and reality of "love" varies from person to person, and so, I dare not presume to know what that specifically means to you. I will, however, say that if being "loved" requires you to lay your truth(s), peace, self-worth, and dignity on the altar of someone else's acceptance, that--I'm afraid--is all too high a price to pay. Be they a 20-year friend or biological family member, never pledge allegiance to dysfunction and toxicity for the sake of keeping peace or maintaining a relationship that has outlived its purpose.
In my own life, I've shamelessly and lovingly divorced friends and family members for repeated and egregious transgressions as I've always believed that what one tolerates is a reflection of what they believe they deserve. There are houses I don't visit during holidays, conversations I don't entertain, calls I don't answer, and celebrations I choose not to attend not out of spite for another but because of the immense love that I have for myself. 👑
Although Valentine's Day is weeks away, I've began to see both wishful and lamenting posts from those who desire to be in relationship with another. While there is nothing wrong with the desire itself, I'll caution that is imperative to make sure that the relationship you have with yourself is golden for it dictates much of what you will and will not accept. Personally, I think you're deserving of the best. 😇 Happy Friday!
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