But today I am alone, and I know what I deserve. I do not deserve someone rich or model-handsome or perfect in some superficial way. But I deserve someone I chose, and who chose me, because we both wanted to be with the other and no one else. I deserve to fall in love, to lose myself in the beauty and discovery of it, and not feel like I’m forcing it to happen so I can tell my friends that I have a boyfriend. I deserve the chance to be really happy, and to invite someone to share a life I have created and enjoy. I don’t want to date because I am afraid of looking myself in the mirror, or sitting alone at a dinner table. I deserve the happiness that comes with waiting for the right person, and not settling on every point that used to mean something to me. I deserve to be loved wholly.
And, even if you don’t realize it, so do you."