I've heard from a lot of my friends lately, some talking bad about themselves, or comparing themselves to others. This is a friendly reminder that you are worthy. You are loved. You are good enough. Everyone's journey is different, but that doesn't mean they have it harder or worse off. If you have difficulty remembering this, know that even though you may feel like no one cares, there is always someone.
I have dealt with a lot in my life. The lowest I have ever been was during a terrible break up, where I really didn't have friends. I had laid in bed for four days straight, not changing my clothes, showering, or eating. I literally wanted to cease existing. As I laid in bed, feeling sorry for myself, my angel son Iroh came to me, meowing at me and headbutt me. That headbutt saved my life. I realized that if no one was going to save me from the dark pit of despair, I had to. I got up and took care of myself. I knew I had to take care of myself, to prove those that doubted me and my abilities that I was worthy of love, of respect. And I realized that everyone deserves that too.
By changing my outlook, I created a space for myself to heal and grow. I really hope this helps you realize that you deserve love and respect as well. And if you need someone to remind you that you are loved, that is my job now. I am your dad and I am proud of you.