Rule One:†Protect yourself from mean people.
If going†home for the holidays means not being yourself, love yourself enough to not go home.
When push comes to shove, youĖthe real youĖis all that you really have. If you need to pretend to be someone else in order to feel welcome, donít go. Find a new place, a new tradition, a new way to be you because you are perfect just the way you are. If the people in that place you call home canít love you for the truth of who you are, then that place isnít your real home.
Home is a place where we are loved completely.
Home is a place where the love of others teaches us how and encourages us to love ourselves.
Home is a place that exists deep within us, and also far beyond us.
Home is a†safe place.
So, there it is. No more. Ever. Stop allowing people to be mean to you. I donít care if they were drunk. I donít care if they ďdidnít mean itĒ or if they were all stressed out because of the whateverthehell was going on that day. I donít care if youíre gay. I donít care if you donít eat meat on turkey day. I donít care if you donít want to pray the way they do, or if you do want to pray and they donít. I donít care. I donít care. I donít care.
And what I really want is for you to not care, too. Any questions?