I think the thing I struggle with the most - the thing I tend to regret about myself - is the way I have such a hard time saying yes to people. Yes, you can come over when my house is messy. Yes, I will go do that thing I don’t want to do because I love you. Yes, I will let you in. Yes, I will tell you the things that hurt. Yes, you can see my broken places. Yes, I will pick up the damn phone and call you (why the H is this such a hard thing for me?????)• • It may sound crazy, given I share so much of my life on this platform, but I am a guarded girl. And I find myself hiding behind my introverted personality, justifying all the times I’d rather be alone as needing rest or taking care of myself, and also being so driven by the THINGS I convince myself I HAVE TO DO... when what I really need is people. And sometimes that’s just uncomfortable for me.• • Working on a post - one of so many I just haven’t found the time to finish - about the fine line that lies between self-care and prioritizing yourself, and reclusing from community that is good for you. It’s a line that so many of us - the over-acheiving, independent types - don’t walk very well. I think we sometimes find our identity in our autonomy, and that’s just no good. It’s a hard lesson I’m learning. But if you share this struggle, know this: you need people. You need people, and that’s okay.