“Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
One of the most terrible things one can go through is the feeling of betrayal – having put your trust into someone enough to be able to them how your ex-partner mistreated you, just for them to go ahead and treat you the exact same way.
Being able to lower your guard and trust someone to not take advantage of you is an incredible feeling, but it can be quite frightening. Every fiber of your being wants to believe that they will not cause you pain.
You want to fully give yourself to them because your love is deep and you give people in your life the benefit of the doubt. You trust them until they turn around break your heart.
You are used to holding on to love for much longer than you should. Regardless of how much pride and love you have for yourself, you give even more of it to your romantic partner.