When people close to you keep trying to reduce your expectations of your efforts and minimize your success
You’re dealing with a saboteur
They might act as if they are well meaning, but they’ll be the first to celebrate if you fail
— Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) February 8, 2020
Even more than the violence and its potential, this is the main reason I left North Florida — the rampant hopelessness, the attempt to drag everyone else down to the same degraded level. No one can prosper in that environment. And that’s the whole point.