Forgive yourself

As I sat and reflected on the past year, my mind kept focusing on the mistakes I made. Mistakes concerning friendships and relationships, which, frustratingly, I had made earlier and promised never to, again. 

But I did. 

I berated myself. I scolded myself. I hated myself. 

Then I thought- you know what? I'm going to forgive myself. For being an idiot. For trusting the wrong people. For everything. Because I'm only human, and I'm figuring this out as I go along. So I sat down and made a list of ALL the things I want to forgive myself for. Maybe these resonate with you as well. 

So forgive yourself:
  1. For making the wrong friends.
  2. For not doing the things that make you happy, sooner. 
  3. For thinking money will get you lasting happiness. 
  4. For thinking that external beauty has any relation to internal beauty.
  5. For not opening yourself up to love.
  6. For making life decisions based on the opinions of other people.
  7. For not being kind enough to yourself.
  8. For not realizing you're one heck of an amazing person.{If you still haven't realized this, I hope you do.}
  9. For ignoring your intuition.
  10. For feeling guilty for relaxing.
  11. For being emotionally manipulated without even realizing you were.
  12. For feeling as if you haven't done enough, or are not enough.
  13. For giving the best parts of yourself to people who never deserved it.
  14. For punishing yourself for what others did to you.
  15. For trying to live up to other people's standards.
  16. For not standing up for yourself enough.
  17. For making the same mistakes again and again.
  18. For trying to prove yourself to anyone but yourself.
  19. For loving those who hurt you and hurting those who love you. 
  20. For putting people on a pedestal.
  21. For not taking control of your life sooner.
  22. For letting people take advantage of your kindness.
  23. And lastly, for not forgiving yourself sooner.

Is there anything you would add to this list?


Shabana Feroze


  1. For letting people take me for granted.

    1. That really hurts, doesn't it? I hope you forgive yourself for it, Tanvi!


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