"It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to hurt and cry. It’s okay to feel sad and wounded and angry. It’s okay to feel these things simply because you’re feeling them. No matter what anyone says, your feelings are inherently valid. They’re real to you, and therefore they’re important and deserving of being expressed. You’re feeling this hurt for a reason, and in order to heal, you need to give yourself permission to feel your feelings. You don’t have to hide your pain. You don’t have to put on a happy face or bury your tears. You don’t owe anyone a smile or an explanation. But you do owe it to yourself to be true to your feelings. You owe yourself the chance to heal. Don’t let anyone’s judgement rob you of that — including your own."

— Daniell Koepke