A Lesson Learned On Love

Some people are afraid of love.
They’ve been hurt in the past
and it scares them.
They don’t want to hurt like that
ever again.
Love finds them but they don’t know what to do.
They leave.
They aren’t going back down that road again.
It only leads to pain.
It’ll hurt when they leave.
And your brain will concoct all sorts of reasons
as to why they left.
“You’re not good enough.”
“You’re ugly.”
“You didn’t try hard enough.”
“You’re worthless.”
On and on and on.
They might even tell you these things themselves,
in order to get you to leave.
Do your best to not take it personally.
It’s not you.
It’s not your job to fix them.
To get them to open up,
to love.
That’s their issue.
Your issue is to love yourself
and to let go.
Because you deserve better
than that.
Don’t always settle for what life gives you.
Sometimes it’s just a test.
To see if you know your worth.

-Sonja Jackson, OpenHeartTin

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