This is something I have a hard time with. I hold back from sharing my opinions and wants because I would rather the people around me be happy than me be happy, but it takes a toll. I think it is time that I reevaluate what, and who, is important to me. I think it is time that I acknowledge what I want and what I need. I've spent too long following behind in the footsteps of my friends, family, peers, and parteners. I do lack self-respect, but I think I can earn it back if I just give myself the chance.