You Can Choose How You Respond

I’ve come to realize: my feelings are not necessarily true.

I’ve noticed how often I have a negative thought or feeling, and after some time, it passes. I forget why I even felt that way in the first place — what triggered that sense of unease, or uncertainty, or unwell.

I’m pock-marked with low self-esteem. I literally have pock-marks in my forehead from when I tried to pick out my chickenpox as a kid. This low self-esteem manifests specifically when I spend an extended period of time away from my home in the company of people (say, out with friends…