You matter.

You matter.

No mat­ter who you are. No mat­ter who you’ve been. No mat­ter what you believe.

You matter.

Just as you are, you are wor­thy of love, respect, and com­pas­sion.

You intrin­si­cal­ly — by sheer virtue of exist­ing as a human being — have a dig­ni­ty that no one can take from you.

Your life mat­ters. Your voice mat­ters. Your phys­i­cal, emo­tion­al, and men­tal well-being mat­ter.

You matter.

It’s okay to expect a base-line of human respect and human decen­cy from oth­ers, no mat­ter how their beliefs dif­fer from yours. And you owe oth­ers that base­line of respect and decen­cy, as well.

You may choose to allow harm­ful things in your life in the hope that good things will come, and that is your right to do so. But please know that you do not owe it to any­one to be their door­mat or trash bin.

Be good to your­self. Be good to oth­ers. Expect good from oth­ers. Do no harm, but take no shit.

You — and they — are worth the effort.

You — and they — deserve noth­ing less.

You — and they — matter.

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