I turned down being my best friend's bridesmaid

In modern times, it’s became incredibly important for brides to have their nearest and dearest hold their hand on the day and play a part in this special occasion.

I was sorry from the bottom of my heart. But it isn’t selfish to say no to being a bridesmaid. In saying no to the commitment, I gave myself energy, time, patience and most of all, care.

Being a guest and not a bridesmaid at the wedding laid heavy on my heart, but ultimately I felt relief that I’d said no. I was burnt out from allowing people to cross my boundaries and I was at a juncture in my life where I desperately needed to start looking after myself.

While I still experienced bad days of anxiety, for the first time in years, I felt stronger

Seeing my best friend and her husband beaming on the day was something that I could be a part of and felt so happy to see, whether I was wearing a bridesmaid dress or not.

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