Even if you had their approval, you would find a reason to feel this way. Maybe not as strongly, but your would still hurt. You are learning that you will never have their approval, that you will never get what you need from them or anybody else. You cannot be free of them because you are not a slave. You are not a slave, you are not nothing, you are not broken, and you are not alone. I'm here with you. Thank you for being here with me.