After some reflection and meditating, I have decided that I will not continue to apologize for things that I shouldn't be sorry for.
Far too often I find myself apologizing for something that I'm really not sorry for or shouldn't be sorry for. Part of this is due to society but the other part is due to the fact that I can't stand for someone to be discontent with me.
I still believe in being a super nice person, but I'm tired of getting taken advantage by crappy people, which in turn leads to my feeling getting hurt. I'm tired of realizing, far too late, that I have nothing to be sorry for.
I will not apologize when my political/religious views do no align with your own.
I will not apologize for not wanting negativity in my life.
I will no longer sit back and take whatever one decides to dish out.
I won't act unnecessary or cause a scene, but I will not let you disrespect me or my loved ones. I used to think that people were ridiculous to think they deserve so much respect at such a young age, but I get it now. I'm not saying that you are entitled to respect and that it's OK to act like you are-- because you just aren't and it just isn't; but, there is a clear definition of respect that everyone should receive, by default, as a human being.
I will not apologize for expressing my feelings or speaking my truth. I will say what I need to say because life is too short not to.
I will not apologize for being right because you can't handle being wrong.
I will not apologize for not pleasing you 24/7.
I am tired of having second doubts for my actions and words. I'm tired of wondering if someone is going to stop dealing with me because I didn't give them exactly what they want.
There is probably a million other things I will no longer apologize for, but from here on out, I will no longer apologize for who I am.