I owe myself an apology



I owe myself an apology
For all the times
I tore myself apart.
When I neglected my own needs
Lowered my standards
Berated myself
And put myself down.

For the self-sabotage
I continually inflicted upon myself
And the times when I apologized
For being who I was
And expressing myself authentically.

And I owe myself
The permission to start anew.

To forgive myself
For the battles I fought
That weren’t mine to fight
For all of the love
That I failed to give myself
And for the times when I failed to realize
That rather than being broken
I was worthy of value, respect
And beautiful, brilliant things in life

And that how I treated myself
Dictated how others would view me
And in turn, behave toward me

So by showering myself
With love, kindness, forgiveness and respect
In turn, I could pave the way
For others to do the same.


Words by Tahlia Hunter

Artwork by Thomas Dodd

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