It’s Time to Forgive Yourself for What You Did

Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting.

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And yet, it’s not enough.

The anger is still there, and the hurt is still there, and the wounds are still open and raw. You struggle to keep your head above water, and you brace yourself for the next round of emotional punches — and they keep coming, with force.

Forgiveness is a tricky thing, and all too often, we fall into the trap of thinking that forgiving means forgetting. Spoiler alert — it doesn’t.

In an article in Greater Good Magazine, forgiveness is discussed as such: a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.

So please, give yourself the freedom to move forward.

Give yourself the love that you have been withholding from your very own being — and know that the only way to move forward is through forgiveness.

I write essays and poetry about life lessons, love, relationships, and self-awareness. More info: + @meganminutillo.

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