for everyone who has ever called me out, called me in, taken the time and energy to explain to me why something i did hurt them, thank you
I can get so defensive when you try to talk to me about my behaviors and the problems I don't see. I can recede like a wounded animal when your words cause me pain and shame. But I want you to know that I'm grateful for your critiques-- they show me what true friendship means. Thank you for bearing with me, for daring to see the potential in me to grow and learn and be thankful. For keeping me honest, and I'll keep this promise of accountability and responsibility.