Ask For What You Need (It’s okay, really)

It’s so hard to use your voice sometimes. Love me like this. Treat me like this. Respect me like this. It’s difficult to ask for what you need. There are so many things wrapped up in those feelings. Fear of rejection. Fear of not being valued. Of asking too much. Fear of being met with anger, resentment, apathy. So much fear. Instead, we quiet our voices. Stuff it down. And we give and give and give, hoping that it will somehow fill in that space. That if we can just love enough and give enough it will be reflected back to us in just the way we need it. It doesn’t work like that. I am learning how to ask for what I need. There was a time when I was so afraid to speak up. I didn’t know how to ask for what I needed without fearing that I…

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