You are allowed to let go of things, people, and places that require more than you have to give. You are allowed to guard against what causes you pain or does not honor the best of you. You have the right to do all of this... without guilt. It will probably upset some people, but you are allowed to let go of them too. The people that stay will be the ones who are able to recognize what having mercy for yourself looks like. And they will encourage it, because they know that is what love looks like. If you've been waiting, consider this your permission slip. You're allowed to save yourself.