through it all, she had to remind herself that she’d come a long way. and even when things weren’t as shiny and happy as she’d like them to be, she was at least still standing. and she didn’t need anyone or anything to make her feel important, loved, strong. she had to remember that. she had to keep her chin up. and for the most part, she did. but everyone likes to feel loved. everyone likes to feel wanted. and sometimes that isn’t the way it works out. and that has to be OK. it just has to be. even if it isn’t.