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You can’t change people.
Sometimes you will do everything right,
and it won’t help.
It’s hard to accept,
but people have to want to change
and you can’t force that.
Do what you can,
to take care of yourself
There are going to be people in your life who need help. And while I think you should help them as best you can, that’s the key to it: as best you can. At the end of the day, you’re a person. You can provide support and love, but not change. That’s up to them.
And sometimes it’s going to reach a point where you can’t help anymore without hurting yourself. And when that happens, you have to step back and look after yourself too. You are your own first priority.