Once upon a time there was a girl, and to be frank, she was not a great friend.
She wasn't always supportive, she wasn't the epitome of kindness or patience, and lord knows she was ruthlessly unforgiving.
Many said she was cold, or bitter, or just a bad person, a sentiment that, while duly presumed, was entirely off base.
Because it wasn't that she wanted to treat others, especially the ones she cared about, in such a poor manner.
It was that she didn't know any better.
Because she was completely unsupportive, harmful and impatient, but most of all simply unforgiving towards herself.
How can you expect someone to respect their loved ones when they clearly have no respect for themselves?
My advice is simple: learn to forgive yourself. You are not the sum of your mistakes. Letting them fester within you will not only hurt you but also your relationships. Take responsibility for them, and move on.
This young girl wrote down all the things she has done wrong, and why she did them. She apologized, then folded the piece of paper and threw it into the recycling bin. Over and out.
She is not a perfect person by any means, or a perfect friend at that. But that's okay. She can forgive herself for that too. :)
PS: a big thank you to my amazing friend Molly (facebook.com/MollyPopsOfColor) for giving my drop of pink article a shout out. Check out her insane MUA skills; but beware you may die of talent jealousy. You have been warned:)