You are responsible for your own actions.

No one made you do anything.

Provocations don’t absolve you. Neither do the standards set by others.

Your good intentions are worthless, except…maybe…to those who love you (and that still doesn’t absolve you).

It doesn’t matter that you could have done something worse.

You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for your actions. None of the thousands of creative excuses we’ve come up with are going to get you out of that, not “it’s just a joke”, not “look what they made me do”, not “I didn’t mean it”, not “it wasn’t supposed to turn out this way”, not “you don’t understand what I’ve been through”. None of it.

Not even “that’s what I was told to do”. Especially not that.

Take your responsibility. Seize it.

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