Love. What a simple yet priceless gift we offer, once we fall in love. What a generous and thoughtful thing it is, when one wraps their heart in a bow and gives it to somebody else. Someone they assume deserves it and will always treasure it.
Love, unfortunately, is not such a sweet gift. It is, actually, refundable. People sometimes decide they no longer want the heart they have been offered, so what do they do? They return it. Some even throw it away in a most unpleasant manner. Others exchange it for a new heart.
How can a person be sure, once they give their heart to somebody, that that person will not return it? Will not throw it away? There is no guarantee, after all. It seems, unfortunately, that this is the riskiest of all gambling – knowing when to give your heart away, and to whom. Some are extremely lucky-to the extent that the person they give their heart to not only treasures it and keeps it forever…they do something remarkable; they offer their own heart in return.
That is unquestionably the sweetest and most sentimental gift there is – a heart for a heart. Some, however, are not so lucky. Those of you who have fallen in love, only to get your hearts broken, and find that love unrequited…you know what I mean.
No words of consolation are enough; no acts of comfort ever cover up the emotional bruises or wash over the pain.
For those of you whose hearts have been trampled on, or neglected, I can tell you only the following: you will survive. When you think you’ve hit rock bottom, think of this: there’s nowhere left to go but up, and believe it, you will go up. Give yourself time, a lot of it; soon you will see that the sun still shines, that your heart still beats, and that life goes on, even if you stop living for a while.
Eventually, you will start smiling again, laughing even. Before you know it, the most extraordinary thing will happen; your heart will begin to repackage itself, attach on another bow, and prepare itself for the next person.
The hardest part of heartache is not the heartache itself, it’s the moment when your heart is ready to go in for the second time, but your mind is not. At that point, remember love.
Remember that there is a chance that your heart will be stepped on all over again, and that you will have to pick up the pieces for the umpteenth time. If that is the case, be not afraid, for you’ve already had to deal with it, and you survived! Not only that, remember also that there is a chance you might just be lucky, and your heart will find a great new home. A person who will take care of it so well that you will be grateful you offered them your heart.
If you’re extremely lucky, that person might just offer you their heart. No matter what the situation, remember that when it comes to love, we all gamble, everyday. Some of us are just luckier than others.