I thank you for teaching me that it’s not my job to fix others. Thank you for showing me that it is only my duty to support and love. I cannot control any reciprocal action or lack thereof and those actions are the responsibilities of others.
Thank you for showing me that it must be my job to love myself for who you’ve made me and who time has led me to become.
Thank you that it is done. Those words: I never knew how wonderful, peaceful, and true a few simple words could be.
This is the final step in taking back my life from anyone else who has tried to control it.
This ending isn’t about resentment or anger. It’s about ensuring my life isn’t constantly twisted or consumed by someone else. It is about knowing it is okay and even right to expect equality in relationships.
Respect is a part of love. Rather, respect is a part of any good love.
I no longer must worry about a screen, word, or silence ruining a day, hour, or minute of my life.
Thank you for the invaluable life lessons I could only see here at the end.
–Written by Sandy Heights
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