They say I give in too easily,
I compromise too soon.
I let others walk all over me
And lie too low.
They don’t know that I wasn’t like this
I was proudly intractable
And unflinchingly stubborn.
I gave no quarter nor gave an inch.
As I stood like a rock, steadfast and aloof
I became alienated and alone.
I found no one wanted any truck with me.
My solitude was a chance to visit my stance.
I realised if I stayed unbent
I would stay lonely.
Bereft of any meaningful discourse.
Introspection gave me insight
I don’t like being on my own.
So now I take a principled stand.
But for things that don’t really affect me
I am no longer uncompromising as I used to be.