This quote has stuck with me for a long time, after many times of giving away my feelings to people that didn't really deserve them. Not that I could see it at the time. But after countless upsets and heartbreaks at the hands of other people, being let down, or treated badly, I decided I should really think more about myself than what other people think of me.
It is difficult at first to be the one that decides someone isn't worth investing your emotions into. You are the one making all of the effort, and getting nothing back. It isn't really a friendship, a relationship of any kind.
The people you allow into your heart should be there because they enhance your life. They are there when you need someone, they see you at your worst and stick around. They pick you up when you need it and don't run at the first sign of trouble.
Unfortunately sometimes, your heart chooses to love the people who don't deserve to be there. It gives away a piece of itself to someone who treats you badly. And you can't get that piece back. It is gone, or marked in some way forever. Because everytime you let someone into your heart, they leave their mark, whether it be good or bad.
So I guess now I choose more carefully who I rent the spaces to. I want my heart to be a place full of people I love, who love me as much...not somewhere I hold onto past regrets and people who have a negative impact on me.
So if I let you in, its because I trust you, I love you, and I want you in my life. The most important thing to me is the people in my life. And they all deserve a place in my heart.