It’s one thing to work at a relationship, and it’s another thing to suffer because of it. We’ve normalized so much unhealthy ish, but I want to remind you that love is not supposed to hurt. If it’s dimming your light, stifling your voice, making you feel like you have to make yourself small... run. I know it’s hard. Letting go can be a process. But sometimes you have to let what you know override how you feel in order to create new, healthier patterns. You should never have to erase yourself for a relationship, and self-love means refusing to do so. It means trusting that there’s space for the whole you in this world.