As children, many of us are often taught lessons that appeal to be loving. Lessons such as “The Golden Rule”, which is to treat others as you would like to be treated. Sharing is caring. Always be grateful to others. Value friendship and always be a team player. Always lend a helping hand when someone is in need. Pay it forward, what goes around comes around. Always keep your faith in God. Your character and actions towards one another should show that you’re a follower of Him. But as you age you’ll realize that it’s a cold world, not everybody was raised the same, and not everybody shares the same beliefs or values as you. Upon learning these life lessons, it can often become a tough path to navigate and find that balance between the principles that you stand firm on. Those principles which make you, you. And also, the principles that protect yourself from dangers of the unknown due to inconsiderate, selfish, or simply ignorant individuals.
I’m often told that I’m an introvert. But personally, if you were to ask me, I believe that I’m both an introvert and an extrovert. To some people, they would say that this statement doesn’t make sense because those two words used to describe myself contradict each other. But I’ve learned that there has to be a balance in order for me to fully express myself in the most efficient way as possible. I’m a very strong hearted person. Although I love this trait about myself, I understand that it is both, a gift and a curse.
Having a big heart in today’s society can definitely become challenging at times, more often than less. If you know anything about the history of America, then you’d understand how greed, money, power, and respect control the narrative and propaganda. “Nice guys finish last” is a quote that I’ve heard notoriously throughout my life. Being too nice in a relationship is a legitimate reason for somebody to break up with you these days. People with big hearts are often taken advantage of.
We are often perceived as weak individuals because we come off to be kindhearted with generous souls. On the contrary, it takes a very strong person to stay true to self and not become a product of society. Strong hearted individuals try to see the good in every bad situation. We are likely to trust and believe in people more than rightfully so. We typically forgive those who have done us wrong. We countlessly have hopeless expectations that these people have changed/will change for the better. But the fact of the matter is, the more you sweep your feelings under the rug to satisfy someone else’s feelings/needs, the less inclined they are to respect you and yours. It’s important to forgive, but never forget. And when somebody shows you who they are, believe them the first time. You can give to a man/woman a thousand times genuinely, but it seems as if the times that stick to the forefront of their memory are the ten times that you’ve told them no. You can give and give until you’re no longer in a position to give, and none of that will matter to them. They will never get passed their own selfish agenda. I’m not exactly sure why the brain works like that with so many individuals, but I’ve found this to be true. Strong hearted people generally put others before themselves. As I said before, we’re natural givers, it makes us happy to make others happy. That can go for strangers in which we know who are in need, and especially for our family, friends, and loved ones. We’re very protective of our loved ones and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that they will never have to endure the pain, suffering, or trials and tribulations that we’ve once had to go through in our own personal lives. We are very relatable and can easily empathize with other fellow beings. We are often considered as other people’s “person”, and can be called upon when distressed or in need of guidance. Strong hearted people are our own biggest critics. We like to analyze every situation and relationship from multiple perspectives. It affects us personally when looking back at a troubling situation and realizing that we were actually the person at fault. Treating others wrong doesn’t sit right on our heart or conscious. There are times when we reflect to our previous days of not caring and treating others how they would treat us. But we soon come back to ourselves, we realize that two wrongs don’t make a right, and then we embrace the fact that we’ve seen too much of life to revert to those stubborn ways.
Gratefully, I’ve personally been involved in each and every example previously stated. As I type these messages, I’m truly speaking from the heart and it gives me closure on understanding who I am as a person and understanding why certain situations played out to be the way that they did. But just because I’ve learned these lessons doesn’t mean that I will or ever plan on compromising who I am as a strong hearted individual. There will always be someone who knows how special you are and they will never let you go. I proudly wear my heart on my sleeve. And those who don’t possess the same qualities don’t understand how any of these characteristics work because it simply just isn’t who they are, or who they were raised to be. But I will continue to P.U.S.H. and shine my light bright on whoever I come across, with the desires of being remembered as the spark to change one another’s lives.
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