Today I read some really inspiring words, supposedly written by Meryl Streep. Ever since I turned twenty seven last year, I have felt a shift; a change, if you will. But when I turned 28 this October, I realized exactly what that change was. I realized how much I’ve disconnected myself from things (and people) that do not matter. I’ve learned to let go of friendships I’ve held on to by a thread for so many years. I’ve ripped out pages from my diary that mean so very little to me. Thoughts I no longer wish to remember and people I’ve long since forgotten about. I’ve let go of so much this past year— things that no longer mattered, friends who have become more like acquaintances in the past few years, members of my family who were never there for me in the first place, clothes that will probably never fit me again, designer shoes I no longer wear, and so much more. I’ve lost the will to please people… So many times in my life have I gone out of my way to be there for individuals and make time for them, when in reality, as I look back at all the days I needed them in my life, for good or bad, they were never there to begin with. Maybe they were at some point, but not anymore. Not in a very long time. And I’m okay with that. I accept the reality that we all change. I’m open to these changes and I embrace them whole-heartedly. Life goes on. People MOVE on.
I want to share with you all this little bit of masterpiece written by Streep, in hopes that it touches some part of you, as it has done to me.
I NO LONGER
“I no longer have the patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.
I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided to no coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” —Meryl Streep