This world can be so heavy and stressful sometimes. I grew up with this silly mindset that I need to always try and help fix things for the ones I love and that I need to put others before myself. I had this weird mindset that this is how I showed people I loved them and that I was a good person. But as I got older I realized that I was constantly trying to help the people around me. That I honestly forgot about myself for so long.
Worrying about others' needs I never really got to focus on my own needs. I'm not saying this so people will feel bad. I'm saying this for the girls who don't realize taking care of yourself is JUST as important as taking care of other people. I always believed putting yourself first was selfish, but please understand it isn't. How do you expect to be the best version of yourself if you don't worry about your needs and what you want.
As time passed I have realized that I am the most important person to myself. I need to do the things I love and pick myself every day. I need to choose what makes me happy and get rid of the things that make me feel less than. And I don't feel bad about that. If something doesn't serve you and makes you happy it's okay to let it go. If something makes you happy make sure to do more of that. Life is too short to worry about everything but yourself. The people around you will be there and understand.
The last things I have to say is don't negotiate your happiness. Stick up for yourself. Fulfill your needs and live an amazing life. You want to look back and see you lived for you and no one else.