14 Things I Wish You Understood About My High-Functioning Depression

Stop Being Embarrassed About Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Stop being embarrassed about your authenticity, about your openness. You are a rare breed in a world who insists upon pretending. Pretending not to care. Pretending not to feel. Pretending to be okay. The people around you who have been bottling up their emotions might seem like they have it all together but they are suffering the worst. They are in denial, refusing to release the thoughts that have been plaguing them morning and night.

You, on the other hand, are the brave one. You are the one who has the strength of mind to express your vulnerability.

Even though there are some people who will be caught off-guard by your straightforward compliments and admissions of love, you should not let them alter your behavior. You should not let them squash your soft heart.

Moving forward, you should embrace your honesty. Keep wearing your heart on your sleeve. Keep screaming your feelings into the void. Keep letting the world know who you are and what you want.

Stop worrying about whether sending the first text or making the first move causes you to come across as clingy or desperate. Anyone who calls you those things is unworthy of your emotions.

The right person will appreciate your transparency. They will be thankful you are skipping the mind games and are getting straight to the point. They will be excited they get to experience their happily ever after with you as soon as possible instead of waiting until you are finally brave enough to admit how you feel.

Mixed signals are a waste of time. They are a way to dodge feelings and hard conversations. When you wear your heart on your sleeve, you learn how other people feel about you faster. Whether you realize it or not, you are saving your energy. You are saving yourself heartache.

There is nothing wrong with admitting your truth instead of playing pretend and crafting lies that will make you look the most impressive. No one wants fake friends. No one wants fake love. Everyone who matters is going to uncover the real you eventually anyway. They might as well see that person from the start.

Stop being embarrassed about wearing your emotions on your face and your heart on your sleeve because it’s better than lying to your loved ones and lying to yourself.

You might assume that feeling nothing is better than feeling everything, but you are mistaken. You should be thankful for how hard your heart beats. You should be excited you are the kind of person who keeps in touch with their emotions because most people aren’t that lucky. Most people would love to feel the overload of emotions you feel.

Stop trying to be someone else because you are valuable exactly the way you are. You are not weak. You are not childish. You are not too emotional. 

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is not something you should be ashamed about. It is something you should admire about yourself. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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