Why I'll stay vulnerable

It takes strength to be soft.

Why I'll stay vulnerable

I'm a give-everyone-the-benefit-of-the-doubt kind of woman (most of the time).

I'll believe and try to see the good in you.

I always have hope—for people who have a part in their past that they're ashamed of, for people who are still working on themselves, for people who still mess up and make mistakes (just like me).

Yet sometimes I forget that not everyone thinks the way I do. So I show up in friendships and relationships just as I am, right at the beginning. I'd lay all of my cards in front of you, trusting that you won't trick me. I'd show you my messy yet true colors, hoping that even as you take off your rose-colored glasses and see me for who I am—not the idea you had of me—you'd still find me special.

Some of my friends think I do this because I don't think highly of myself. That I don't see my worth. That I expect and accept little love from people because I don't believe I deserve much.

But to be honest? It doesn't feel that way at all.

I barely notice how little the love I'm receiving because I'm focused on striving to love people the way I believe everyone deserves to be loved: genuinely and compassionately.

This often gets me into trouble, because the reality is not everyone will have the best intentions. Somehow, we're all wired to look out for ourselves first before others. And so I usually get hurt, played, gaslit, ghosted, love-bombed, low-balled, manipulated, made out to be the villain, misunderstood, gossiped about, taken advantage of, belittled, laughed at—you know how it goes.

Yet if I could shrink my big heart into a small and shell-protected one to save my self and never get hurt again, I still wouldn't.

Call me stupid or foolish, but deep down I know the people who have hurt me only hurt me because they themselves have been hurt. They're coming from a place of pain. And I've been there too—I also still fumble and inadvertently hurt people. I'm human after all.

"The key to forming lasting, secure, and intimate connections with others lies in seeing each other as the whole human beings that we are, by deepening our understanding of each other’s core wounds as children, learning to take responsibility for pursuing our own healing with support, and recognizing that we are all just doing our best..." — Anxiously Attached by Jessica Baum

And so I understand.

It can hurt like hell. But I understand.

I won't close my heart now because I got hurt before.

Instead, I hope to grow and love as much as I can. To trust as often as I can. To forgive whenever I can.

And if I get burned again and again, I hope my ashes would turn dead soil into fertile ground where love can grow—even if that love ends up not being for me.

I can love extravagantly, because I know that there is an infinite love that's always for me. Even when people disappoint me, I can rest in this love.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need." — Psalm 23:1

PS: Exactly what she said, is what I mean.

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