I held myself back because I thought that’s the only way to meet heartbreak.
I held myself back because it helped me cope and (feel like I can) move on from the pain.
I held myself back because it made me (feel) big, strong, capable. And grown up.
I held myself back because was honestly just easier to close my heart up and withdraw.
I held myself back because I thought it would help digest and dissolve all the difficult feelings within myself.
I held myself back because I thought I’d be too much for people around me.
And now I’m trying to learn to let this, too, go.
What makes you hold yourself back?
Had a severe oh-ffffff moment hearing that Mary Oliver has passed on. And immediately remembered her through one of my favourites. Which, ironically, sums up what all of last week was like for me.
I did think, let’s go about this slowly.
This is important. This should take
some really deep thought. We should take
small thoughtful steps.
But, bless us, we didn’t.
— Mary Oliver