Time has passed, almost two years. In that two years, I have been selfish. I have put my needs and wants before yours, and, as I start to feel better, I can see how unfair I have been. How much you have had to sacrifice. Sacrificing your time, sometimes even sacrificing your values and what you stand for. Sometimes…who am I kidding, it’s been often and you haven’t complained.
In fact you rarely complain, and when you do it is because something completely egregious has come about. And even then you complain quietly and you don’t do anything about it because you don’t want anyone to get upset. I don’t want you to have to do that anymore.
You have been my biggest champion in all causes. You have always believed in me, especially when I didn’t believe in myself. You have calmed me on so many occasions, with just a few simple words and a hug. You have made my life infinitely better, just by being in it. You are the one that is always there, at the end of the day, when life has done it’s worst or it’s best, celebrating with me or talking me through tears. That has been you.
I don’t give you enough credit. You are the strongest person I know and I love you with an intensity I have never experienced. I have not treated you the way you deserve to be treated. I have loved you, but I have not listened to you, and I definitely have not heard the words that go unsaid. The words that I think you want me to hear but won’t say out loud.
The “happy” Rose wants to do more for you. I want to give you more happiness in life, more joy. I want to take away your heartache and feed you hope. I am not the only person who lacks hope. You have hope for me, and so I can have hope for you. You believe things can be different for me, and I believe things can be different for you. I know that we, us, as one, are content. I think, if I was as kind and loving to you, as you are to me, that we could be more than content, as us.
I have decided, starting now, that I am going to try and be less selfish. I know you hate holidays, and this year I am not going to beg you to come to Thanksgiving and Christmas. You hate it and you’re uncomfortable. I get that and I saw that last year, and last year apparently I was just an ass and didn’t do anything about it.
This year, those are your decisions. Whatever you decide, I am fine with. I am done with putting you in uncomfortable positions. I won’t ask you to join me, but know that you are welcome if you would like to come. I won’t ask you to join me at my friend’s “welcome home” festivity, but know that I would like it if you would come.
You don’t ask me to do anything that would make me uncomfortable and I need to respect you and do the same. So, from now on, I won’t ask you. The choices are up to you.