Sometimes life comes down to deciding between being yourself and being someone’s friend. How do you decide? The way I see it is if being someone’s friend makes you more proud to be yourself, then by all means stretch, grow, find that yes, you can touch your emotional toes if you breathe into the exercise. If being someone’s friend means ignoring yourself, stifling your soul in a way that produces retching echoes inside your ribcage, then recognize that being something ‘meaningful’ to someone else means nothing if you find yourself hollow. And that sometimes, people get titles in our lives, like friend, lover, even best friend, that they might not have actually earned. No one deserves you more than you do, no one needs you more than you need you.