If you want respect you have to earn it. You shouldn’t give respect to just anyone. You can acknowledge whatever they say, take it, but at the end of the day you don’t have to respect them necessarily. You can come off heartless, you can come off as indifferent, but the whole matter of it all is knowing when to not take (pardon my language), when to not take someone’s shit. You can come off mean, you can come off cruel, and you may be called selfish and feel a bit selfish, but you should never have to settle nor tolerate someone’s pessimism or negativity or brokenness if it means harming you mentally or physically. People will always be spiteful and use their own problems against you to justify their self-worth and that’s where the line has to be drawn. It may be bittersweet that these type of people may exist and leave you, but let them leave. If they really acknowledged your existence or respected you, they wouldn’t use their own broken soul or insecurities or pain to inflict on you. Respect yourself, you owe it to yourself to not allow those people to put you down.
You can put me down, you can say whatever you want, but one thing’s for certain is that your presence, your negativity, your bitterness, your anger, and your spitefulness, it has nothing on me. I will not bend my pride nor my respect for myself for you.