Thought Catalog
March 6, 2017

To The Ones Who Fall Too Soon

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To the ones who fall too fast, too soon because they don’t know any other way.

To the ones who fall in love at first sight, the ones who believe in romance, the ones who get attached to a comforting word, a tender touch or a deep conversation.

To the ones who fight for love and see the best in people.

To the ones who think that everyone will appreciate their love because it’s unlike any other.

To the ones who can’t sleep thinking about people who are not thinking about them.

To the ones who don’t always know what they’re getting themselves into but they take the plunge anyway.

I hate to tell you this because I hate telling this to myself but maybe we need to stop, maybe we need to slow down, maybe we need to park for a little while before we start driving again.

Because we’re only hurting ourselves, we’re only breaking our hearts, we’re only giving our all to people who are giving us nothing. We’re only fooling ourselves when we wait for those who don’t even try.

Maybe you need to take a few steps back instead of taking a huge leap of faith. Maybe you need to stop chasing people and let them chase you instead. Let them find you. Let them choose you. Let them get your attention first instead of giving them yours right away.

Maybe we are just living in the wrong generation because we don’t know how to cage our emotions, how to pretend like we don’t feel but we’re also killing ourselves when we live this way. Things die inside us when we’re always faced with rejection and heartbreak.

We live in a world that doesn’t appreciate people like us, we live in a world that doesn’t understand people like us.

And maybe we shouldn’t change who we are completely, but let’s hide it, let’s keep it for a few special ones who prove they’re worth it, let’s be selective in who we choose to love and who we choose to build up.

Because we keep building up people who destroy us and we keep loving people who don’t love us back.

And maybe we need to stop falling for those who don’t want to catch us, maybe we should wait for those who fall for us first so we can fall together and maybe we should fall only when we know it’s safe, only when we know it’s not going to break us and only when we know that we’re not going to drown. TC mark

Rania Naim is a poet and author of the new book All The Words I Should Have Said, available here.

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