You would think that if a person is always there for others, they’re tough. Unbreakable. That they’ve been through many hardships and they’ve hardened. You would think that they can take care of themselves. That they can wipe their own tears, pick up their broken pieces, dust themselves off, and move on. You would think that they have life by the balls and they’re strong enough to overcome any challenge that life faces them with… on their own…
But here’s the thing. Reality is often very different than what we imagine.
Those who are always there for others to hold their hand and share the pain with them, feel much more than you know. They have depths within them. Depths that you cannot even imagine. They have a vast ocean for a heart. An entire universe inside their soul. A whole spectrum of emotions that no one knows about.
They feel things the same way that you do. They bleed the same way that you do. They are human.
And no, the fact that they are strong doesn’t make them emotionless. It doesn’t make them feel less.
The truth is, those who are always there for others need someone there for them as well.
They too want to be told they’re loved. They too want to know they’re desired. They too want to go to bed at night knowing that there is someone out there that cannot wait to see them. They too want to hear those three special words. They too want to feel what true love. They too want to be reassured that they are appreciated, respected, cherished, and needed. They too want to know that they are the reason for someone’s smile today.
Don’t ever mistake their strength for indifference. They might look strong on the outside, but inside, they are soft. Their heart carries so much love, that it would be enough to feed the whole wide world.
But it also carries sadness. They keep it all in is because they are afraid. They are afraid of getting hurt. They need to know that it is okay to let it all out. They need to be told that it is all fine. That it is all a part of life. That being strong doesn’t mean neglecting the emotions, but rather embracing them and accepting them as a part of who you are. They too want to be shown affection. They too want to be held. They too want to have someone they can count on.