Friends and lovers come and go.
But you are in a relationship with yourself for the rest of your life.
So make yourself a priority.
This is not selfishness, but rather self-care.
Assert your needs and set boundaries.
Ask for what you want and fight for what you love.
The external relationships are merely the branches, twigs, and leaves on the trunk of your tree of life.
A tree can survive without its branches, but not without its trunk and roots, which ground it to the earth.
When our relationship with ourself is healthy, it flows into our relationship with others.
You must nurture your trunk and roots, before you can grow branches and leaves.
You must develop a strong connection with yourself, before you can create a strong connection and friendship with others.
It starts with acceptance.
It starts with you.