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My obsession with trying to please you only grew until I was unable to recognize the porcelain doll in the mirror.

She had tears so full of frustration that she was able to mimic the picture of a  watercolor painting.

This is the Aleeya I don't like.

All the years, months, and weeks filled with regrets resurface to my memory within minutes and  I am unable to stop replaying them.

This is the moment where I forget my self worth and all that I did to earn it.

Someone told be I should stop apologizing and take up space, but this apology is long overdue.

This final apology is to you, my heart, for I have abandoned you too many times

I have let visitors come into our home, tracking mud on the floor without even asking if you wanted company.

I did not stop them from laying their feet on the coffee table, nor did I shout when they would rock the wooden chair, even though I knew the right leg was unstable.

The most important part of it all is that I let some overstay their welcome and that's time I cannot give you back.

I am not fully okay yet, but this is my first step to recovery,

By letting go I can discover how it feels to be alright again.

I will rise when the sun does

I will write about my hopes and dreams

I will dive back into my passion, even when rejection or failure knocks at my door

And when they do, I will welcome them with open arms, open heart, and remind myself that these feelings are temporary.

This is the Aleeya I love.

The only arms I need to hold myself at night

And the other, well, that is the part of me, I will strengthen to keep moving forward.

Aleeya Davis