Be your own life jacket ๐Ÿ’—

There are people who know you inside out. People, you can count on. People, who you can take the liberty to call, at 2 in the morning, and talk nonsense.

And then, there are people, who are toxic. Who are always a tad too concerned about the kind of work you do. About the kind of life you lead. About the choices you make. Who are always around and about, ready to give you their shoulders to lean on, and make you look upto them, albeit gradually, for everything you need. You soon grow, to live for their approval. You come to a point where everything you do, begins to look useless to you, without their validation.

You become vulnerable, and your equation with them, parasitic.
Your confidence begins to dim down and you stagger, when left alone.

But that’s the whole point lost, ain’t it?

‘Cause, somewhere deep inside, you know you are enough.
And all you’ll need is a nudge every now and then, courage in abundance, and oodles of faith.

So gather your broken confidence and string it together. Be independent. Fiercely independent. Wear your flaws on your sleeve and march ahead.

Be your own life jacket.



Author: Annapurani Vaidyanathan

I hoard books for a living. And read them too, when I am not sleeping. I express what I think, so my unheard feelings don't sink. I like to sing when I walk, to keep shades grey, at bay. I speak like a dork, but I don't want to drive anyone away. I write what's real, and nothing fake, so visit my blog whenever you need a break ;)

3 thoughts on “Be your own life jacket ๐Ÿ’—”

  1. Well said Anu, It is really difficult to get out of that phase where someone’s validation is become a priority for you, it is very hard to get out of that situation but it is until you make your mind.
    Love and Hugs to those ppl who are facing this tough situations. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  2. Oh so true. I just commented with something related on another blog; I discovered this toxic breed early on it life and taught myself to cut them out of my life before they did too much damage. Self-preservation is a necessity, especially if the other person does not have your best interests at heart. I have people who mean the world to me but there is no dependence, whatsoever, except the kind that comes with mutual love and respect and I’m so thankful to have ONLY those relationships.


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