Dear Heart: An Open Letter to the Real OG

Dear Heart: An Open Letter to the Real OG

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Dear Heart,

From day one, you've been fighting for me. From heart murmurs, to breaking, to emptiness, to fulfillment, to happiness. I am so proud of all you've done and continue to do. Most of all, though, thank you for being so big and open; for continuing to love and give and let light in. You've seen more in our 21 years than a normal heart should, but you never let me lose sight of what was important.

I knew you were special from the moment I realized what you were and what you could do. You let me feel all the pain, guilt, and sadness of others, while allowing me to grow my own love for them to make up for what they lacked. Even when someone didn't deserve it or hurt me to the point of no return, you never let me love them any less. For that, I thank you; I thank you because it allowed me to see the truths of the world, no matter the ugliness or bitterness.

I am continually striving to be my best me, and helping others to see their best selves as well. It's hard in the world we live in to be so open and accepting and willing and loving, but I was lucky enough to be blessed with you, heart, because I can share you with everyone who was not so lucky. Our world has so much hatred and animosity and distrust, that it's saddening and upsetting to see so many affected by it to the point of complete isolation of their heart and feelings. We feel because of our hearts, we love because of our hearts, we live because of our hearts, and to see so many people banish what their heart wants is completely maddening when there's proof of the joys the heart can bring.

You are far from perfect, I know, but you're as close to it as a human heart can get; I don't know what I did to deserve you, but I'm thankful for you. You've been underappreciated by many who've had the extraordinary pleasure of experiencing just a smidgen of you, unable to handle you in your generous, loving entirety. You scare people, heart, because of your complete open honesty, unconditional love, quick forgiveness, and strong empathy. You scare me, too because what you give me is so much sometimes, I don't know how to handle it. Despite this, you still give and give and give, to me and everyone else, forcing us to feel everything.

Heart, I am forever indebted to you for all the love and joy and sadness you bring me, on a daily, monthly, yearly basis. Even now, as I sit at work, letting thoughts overtake me and pain consume me, you are sending endless amounts of hope and peace. How can I not trust what you feel, when you've gotten me this far? How can I not take what you're willing to give when I am desperate for it? How can I not be grateful for you when I am nothing without you?

This is my letter to you, Heart, because you, and I, deserve it and need to remember it.

Cover Image Credit: Ben Kerckx/ pixabay

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Self-Reflection Is Always Beneficial

Always ask yourself how you can improve your life.

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Self reflection is an important part of growing up. It is important to sit back and think about who you are and who you strive to be. I think that dwelling on the past too much can be extremely harmful, but that a little bit of reflecting on your past can be great.

Think about it, every choice you have made in your life so far has led to where you are now. Every single choice, no matter how small it may have seemed, has had a major impact on your entire life. The choices we make definitely change the path that we take.

Most likely, every friend you made changed your outlook something. Every place you went to will remain in your memories. Maybe you experienced something because of certain choices that led you to learn a valuable lesson.

Maybe those dreadful things of your past needed to happen to allow you to grow. No one deserves to hurt, but sometimes hurting then healing can be replenishing.

I think we should value our lives because they are so unique. No one on this earth will have had the same experiences you have. Even if someone was following you around 27/4 or was literally joined at the hip with you, they would not have the same life as you, because their thoughts would be different from yours and their perspective would be different as well.

You will never get the same day twice, so it is important to make every day the best you can make it. Try to laugh in stressful situations. Try to breathe when there seems to be no air left for you. It is vital to keep moving forward. If you look back, you'll trip on everything in front of you. Do not look into your past and examine your mistakes negatively. We grow from mistakes. We live and we learn. Use those mistakes as a study guide to become a better you. Use your past to your advantage and try to give yourself a better future.

It is important to know that life is a roller-coaster with twist and turns, peaks, and sudden drops that will make you feel sick to your stomach and scared for what's waiting at the bottom. But if you fear life, you will never enjoy the fun parts.

Look back and examine yourself but don't write a novel about your mistakes. Move past them and live a better life. Spread love, be kind, and be grateful for what you have overcome. Those hurdles you went through have only made you stronger.

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