I used to believe I could never be manipulated. I used to believe I was so strong willed that no one would ever be able to change the way I look at things; change my morals.
The truth is, if you hang out with assholes, you become an asshole. If you hang out with thieves, you become a thief. If you associate with bottom of the barrel people, well, sorry to break it to you but you're only ever going to be the top of the bottom of the barrel.
When I say protect your energy, I mean watch and obverse your surroundings. Take note of who is sitting next to you and who you go to hang around at night. If these people aren't at your level of vibration, you are NOT protecting your energy, and you WILL be subject to manipulation.
The thing is, I can preach this over and over, and your mom and your dad and your aunt's and uncles and grandparents and elders/people in your community... We can all preach this to you... but chances are you won't listen. You won't listen because you've never experienced the pain. Learning is experiencing. You only learn so much from listening. But if I say one thing you choose to listen to, itll be: you become who you surround yourself with and that is the coldest truth.
Ask yourself does this environment enrich my life? If the answer is no, walk away and move forward. You are strong. You are powerful. You are successful. You are unstoppable. Surround yourself with these likeminded individuals. 📸: @harrowcm