Hello Younger Me! Want Some Good Advice? Please Yourself First!

April 15, 2015 12:44 PM

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When I look at pictures of myself as a young girl, young teen and young woman, there's always a moment of mild surprise at the naked innocent hope that I see. There's a look of expectation on my face and a too ready smile that begs people to like what they see. I know the reason for my hopeful, begging smile; I had learned early on to put myself last and become a people pleaser. I don't see that look in later pictures of me. I see confidence and a strong sense of self that I wish I could give to the younger me in the older pictures.

Pleasing those around me made life so much easier; no disagreements, no fights, just bland acceptance. I had it down to a science. It was something that I did for years because I wanted people to like me and because I didn't want contention. I didn't want to make waves so I became the agreeable "goo...

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