Sometimes people use the word respect to mean “treating someone like an authority” and sometimes they use it to mean “treating someone like a human being”. And sometimes people who are used to being treated like an authority will say “I won’t respect you if you don’t respect me” when they really mean “I won’t treat you like a human being unless you treat me like an authority”. And they think they’re being fair but they’re not.
Know that what you felt then is no more and how you conduct the present is how the future unfolds.
Will I ever get my childhood back? No. But the rest of my life is mine. And I can choose to be happy, to grow, to feel pain when I need to, and more importantly, I can choose to treat people with kindness, respect, and love. That can never be taken away from me.
My thoughts and perspectives put into words by others.