Falling in love the first time is easy, effortless. It happens without you even realizing it. Your heart is stolen because you never thought you’d lose it. You took no measures to protect it. Falling in love a second time is improbable, but not impossible. It happens when you’re ready – when you’ve glued back together the precarious pieces of your heart and offered it up to someone else, cautiously but surely.

Falling in love a third time is a true hero’s journey because you must fight for it; even though you’re exhausted, you’re afraid, and you’re guarded. Even though it’s an uphill battle and you’re the last surviving member of your battalion. You carry on, a lone soldier, with the burning white flag you’ve casted off behind you. You will be tempted. You will be tested. 

You cannot surrender. You cannot look back.

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