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I used to be open 

with my feelings, with my friends.

I used to need to tell someone,

I used to require validation,

I used to need to vent it out.

now I’m comfortable in the silence,

I find peace in it.

I don’t require anyone’s 

knowledge, acceptance.

or approval of my life.

life didn’t change.

I changed. 

I feel the difference everyday. 

you say it’s poisonous 

to hold it all inside-

it’s not. 

it’s happiness.

-Allison Ryder