Nope. You sure do not.
I love this piece because it is so authentic and it’s the reason I love Medium so much. I find engaging thoughts, authentic thoughts, meaningful and insightful thoughts. I’m taught new things, and I can speak my own thoughts truthfully. It’s something special I can’t find in my day to day life with family or friends. This place, and you people (my fellow writers) give me my whole damn LIFE! I’m home here. I have bunches of things saved I go back to read later because there are so many good writers here who aren’t featured by Medium with good things to say, wonderful lessons to teach, and lots of love to give.
Tell your haters thank you, and that you’re living you best life. You don’t have time to go back and forth with them about their negative opinions. I’ll never understand why people feel the need to leave a negative comment instead of closing the story and moving on. It’s meant to intentionally inflict harm. Writers are usually very sensitive people (lots of us are empaths), so we tend to absorb the barbs from words. Guard your eyes and your heart. I appreciate this thought so much! Be real, and continue giving us our lives back honey!