Be VulnerableIt's such a risk, to be in love. To love another and to allow them to love you in return. The latter is so much scarier. What if they let you down? What if you discover that they don't really love you? What if they hurt you? But it's a pain well worth it because the pain of never loving is far worse and far more lonely than the pain of loss. There is something so joyful and light about love once one learns to let their guard down and not look at every person who enters their life as someone likely to hurt them. We all get hurt sometime. But nothing hurts more than being in situation that has the potential for love and being too afraid to experience it. You miss out on the pain, but you also miss out on all the beauty that experience has to offer.
Self-preservation in love is a destructive barrier. Let your guard down, let yourself be transformed. Because in an attempt to preserve your heart, you lose your ability to connect with others. You lose your humanity.