a year of boundaries

as a child
we all want to
fall in love

as a child
we all think we
are in love

we have found
that special person
the one
our forever

as a child
i felt romance
affection
love for any
person with whom
i felt connection
similarity
empathy

as i child i had
such a hard time
understanding why i had
feelings for people i
did not want to date

as a child
that led to
emotional hurt
confusing thoughts
poor boundaries

as an adult i have had a
poor understanding of
how to set boundaries
because i never knew
what they looked like

i did not know what it
looked like to care for
people and not give them
what they wanted

i did not know what it
looked like to love
people and not give
myself to them

i did not know what it
looked like to invest in
people around me and
also give time to myself

i have always been so
readily available

and i don’t ever want
that to change

but this year i want
healthy boundaries

healthy boundaries
in relationships
in mental health
in the way i give
others my time

this year i want to show up
to invest
to give what i have

this year i want to love
with boundaries

this year i want to care
for the people i love
without sacrificing my
entire being to do so

this year i want relationships
that aren’t all-consuming
but supportive of and encouraging
growth and change

this year i want to be
an empath
without feeding into
romantic interest that
truly is just connection

this year i want to have
healthy boundaries
because healthier boundaries
means a healthier me

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