people are not commodities. they are not stepping stones. they are not there for agendas. they are not in your life to complete tasks. they are not there for you to manipulate and play games with and twist to your purposes like story characters. they are living and breathing beings who have all had moments of joy and moments of heartbreak. they are not the method to getting to the end goal….they are the end goal. they are not sub-characters to your main character. they are main characters too. give them grace, love them more, value their viewpoint as you value your own. they’re worth it.
"Give up defining yourself - to yourself and to others. You won’t die. You will come to life."
— Eckhart Tolle