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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Albany chapter.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt grounded in my being

Running away from my problems is a skill

I’ve perfected over the years

Escapism is a funny thing

Momentary relief results in prolonging pain

Prolonging the problems that could be easily fixed by a conscious mind

Anxiety is a funny thing

It’s never right

Yet it captures me every time

And makes me feel like running is the only way to feel alright

But not anymore

I won’t shrink myself just to deal with unpleasant thoughts

I won’t run away from myself

I will care about myself the way I care about everyone else

How can I claim to love others if I can’t show love to myself?

It’s time to prioritize the only person who will be with me forever

And who has been with me from the start

Some will call me selfish,

But it’s my life and I will live it the way I please

I will be the woman my younger self wanted me to become

Unburdened by dangerous thoughts or strangers’ opinions,

Or unhealthy habits and useless obsessions

I will be the woman I so desperately want to be

It’s no longer about everyone else

It’s all about me

I will find freedom in my authentic self

I will be honest and I will be kind

And best of all

I will be me.