As I sit here working on a Sunday, I just had to write a really quick post. There is so much out there for teenagers on guarding your heart, being careful, not getting hurt, etc. You know what? I'm just going to put it out there -- there is something to be said for not guarding your heart. Go all in. Feel. Love. Risk.It.All. It's amazing. If it works, there's nothing like it. If it doesn't, the hard truth is that pain is part of life. Pain births art. Pain grows you like sublime satisfaction never will. Pain drives you to God on your knees.
If you don't risk it all, you'll never have it all. Should you always risk it all with everyone? Of course not, but prudence is part of good character. When you think you've found real love, though, don't hold back. Invest in it. Don't worry about what will happen if it doesn't work out. Burn that bridge when you get to it (oh, the irony of this post and my writing that phrase - inside joke with myself; forgive my self-indulgence). Always ask yourself what the absolute worst thing that could happen is. Then realize that the odds of the absolute worst thing happening are slim. What will happen if you don't lay it on the line, though? At what point do you decide it's okay to stop guarding your heart and love with all your heart?
Be prudent, yes. Pray for discernment, always. But don't follow a blanket, one-size-fits-all rule. That just isn't rational.
Listening to...Sometime Around Midnight by The Airborne Toxic Event