Validation is a basic necessity for humans, like food, shelter and water.
People will go toward one another, against all odds, despite mortal danger, just to say:
is it raining on your face, too?
Withholding validation from your loved ones is abuse, which is a crime.
If you are doing this, cut it out. If this is being done to you, speak up. Use your voice. If using your voice leads to silence, estrangement or catastrophic retaliation, give yourself a hug, you brave human being.
This is growth.
Growth is painful.
2015 has been the year of growing pains. Have you felt it? The intensity has been insidious. 2016 cannot come fast enough. My New Year’s Resolution? To forgive myself. Finally. Wish me luck.