He was my teacher in high school. Without him, I wouldn’t be alive anymore. He saved me in so many ways. And I know, he thinks it was nothing and he doesn’t understand how much this all means to me, but what he did for me meant everything. He was the one who gave me back hope, he was the one who told me I could do whatever I wanted and make my dreams come true. And even though nothing ever happened between us, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Through him, I learned what love really means and that you can love someone so much, but still not act on it. That sometimes it means that you just let them go and let them be happy. But even if I’ll never see him again, if he’ll never talk to me again, he will always mean the world to me and I’ll always remember his smile and his eyes and the way the time stopped when he looked at me. I just wish he would know.
I recently explained to a family member that I was not a part of any organized religion anymore. This family member responded with extremely invalidating language about how my spirituality meant less than his religion. My spirituality means a lot to me and I get just as much from it as I did religion (more, personally) but it hurts anyways. It'd help to hear someone else back me up that my spirituality is equally important and valid. Can you write me an affirmation about that?