For a long time it's been just Stella and I. I've only had to worry about me and her. She taught me self care. Having a pet to take care of taught me to give myself the same care. Feeding her reminded me to eat, playing with her reminded me not to take things too seriously, sleeping near her reminded me that I was never really alone. And now I enter this new chapter of my life where I have an amazing partner who has patience for me when I find I can't break through my independent lifestyle. He shows me grace when my default is to think about only Stella and I. He has so much value to me and I have so much love for him yet I struggle with releasing a small fraction of my Independence. I remind myself it doesn't make me less of a woman, it doesn't make me less strong, it doesn't make where I come from any less significant. I'm starting to realize vulnerability is strength, love is strength, softness is a strength, and I don't have to be afraid of it. Just as Stella Stardust taught me self care, my love @d_deboer
is helping me understand how to open up. My, the patience this man has. Slowly but surely, I'm getting there. Look ma, I'm growing up!
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