I understand your intentions when you tell me not to change who I am.

I understand your intentions when you tell me you like who I am, the way I am now. 

I understand your intentions when you tell me I shouldn’t change because it’ll change the person I am. 

But the thing is, the person I am now is because I’ve changed.

I’m who I am because of the changes I’ve made, from the obstacles I’ve overcome because of the experiences I’ve had. The person you like and admire is because I’m no longer the person I was 10 years ago.

Had you met me 10 years ago, you probably wouldn’t have liked me, admired me; in fact, you might’ve wanted me to change. Insecure, dependent, incapable, naive — all things I no longer am.

And that’s why despite you and everyone else telling me I shouldn’t ever change, I’m sorry, but I have to because it’s for my own good.

I’ve still got to grow.