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  • thoughtcatalogI have a big heart. Sometimes a blind heart, falling into people who aren’t right for me.
    Sometimes a stubborn heart, refusing to walk away from relationships, even the ones bringing me down. Sometimes a naïve heart, thinking that love can save people from brokenness, or fix problems.

    I have a big heart, but I’m no fool.

    I know how to love without expectations, how to give without demanding something in return, how to put others first. But when I am standing there, open-armed and vulnerable, and I receive nothing back—I know how to say goodbye.

    I can love without conditions. I can be selfless and honest and open with the thoughts in my mind. I can fight for people, for relationships, for love. But when I see that the other person is no longer fighting back, no longer defending me, no longer standing by my side—I know how to let go.

    See, having a big heart doesn’t mean I allow myself to get stepped on.

    Having a big heart means I know how to love. But please don’t get me wrong, I know how to leave, too.

    I know my value. I know when enough’s enough. I know when I’ve poured too much of myself out, and when I must stop chasing the wrong things and start pursuing the love I deserve.

    I may have a big heart, but I know my strength.

    I am not one to blindly give love away, to lose myself on the journey of finding love. I’m not afraid to love, to let go, to let people in. But I’m not stupid. I won’t be the woman standing there, waiting for a man to love her back, waiting for him to change, trying to convince him of her worth as he toys with her emotions.

    I know my worth. And I’m worthy of real love.

    And just because I have a big heart doesn’t mean it will forever keep beating for people it shouldn’t beat for. Sure, it will love, but it will be strong, too. It will leave. It will know its value. And it will walk away and search for that value elsewhere.

    I may have a big heart, but I’m no fool. I know who I am and the love I deserve. And I will not settle for less.

    Words: @_marisadonnelly
    Photo: @sadsongsnskinnyjeans

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