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You are not worthless. As a human being who walks this earth, you are inherently worthy —worthy of love and kindness, worthy of compassion and forgiveness, worthy of respect and acceptance, and worthy of being happy. You exist and therefore you’re important and you matter. You have just as much worth as every other human being on the planet. So why do you see yourself as an exception? What about you is so awful and intrinsically wrong that would warrant having no worth?

Whatever qualities you possess, mistakes you’ve made, or things you’ve done that you feel make you worthless, try to imagine that someone you love and care about made those same mistakes and had those same qualities. Would you judge them as harshly as you judge yourself? If they had the same things about them that you see in yourself as inherently bad, would you think they’re worthless too? Chances are, you wouldn’t. You would recognize that the people you love are more than their mistakes and you wouldn’t allow the things they’ve done in the past to discount their worth. So why do you hold yourself to a different standard?

Despite what you feel, you are not an exception. You deserve the same kindness and compassion and forgiveness you would give to someone you love. No one is perfect. We all makes mistakes and mess up and hurt the people we love. But that doesn’t make us inadequate or worthless — it makes us human. You’re doing the best you can each day to cope and survive, and that’s all you can ask of yourself. It’s enough, and so are you.

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— Daniell Koepke