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.