Caring too much isn’t a mistake.
Admitting your feelings for someone isn’t a mistake.
Wearing your heart on your sleeve isn’t a mistake.
If your honesty scares someone away, that isn’t your fault. You did the right thing. More people should be upfront like you. They should connect with their emotions like you.
You don’t want to get used to hiding behind your sarcasm. You don’t want to create defense mechanisms that slowly build a wall around your heart.
You might be worried that, if you wear your heart on your sleeve, you’ll become vulnerable to heartache. But you’re human. You’re always vulnerable to heartbreak. The only difference between pretending you’re heartless and wearing your heart on your sleeve is the latter has more room for potential.
If you tell someone how you feel, you could end up in a relationship with them. You could end up living happily ever after with them. Or you could end up learning they aren’t interested and will free yourself from their grasp early.
You don’t want to waste your time on the wrong person. You don’t want to be in an almost relationship for months because you were on two completely different pages all along. It’s better to rip the bandage off right away. The longer you wait, the stronger you’ll bleed.
If you hide your feelings for someone, you’re never going to figure out how they feel about you. Even worse, you’re never going to get in a relationship with them. You’re accidentally going to create distance between the two of you. You’re going to push the right person away. But when you wear your heart on your sleeve, the only people you push away are the wrong ones.
The next time you’re too embarrassed to express your feelings, remember else hates playing games as much as you do. The right person is going to appreciate your transparency. They’re going to be relieved you’re real with them instead of trying to put on an act.
It takes courage to say how you feel. It’s easier to pretend you’re feeling nothing than to admit you’re feeling everything. But most of the time, the easiest thing to do isn’t the best thing to do.
Wearing your heart on your sleeve might seem like a mistake when someone doesn’t feel the same way about you. But the real mistake is refusing to take risks. It’s remaining inside of your comfort zone where you’re safe.
Wearing your heart on your sleeve is always the more rewarding option. Anyone who faults you for how emotional you are doesn’t understand the benefits of vulnerability. They don’t understand how much courage it takes to be honest with yourself and how much it pays off in the long-run.
When you wear your heart on your sleeve, you create an air of authenticity.
When you wear your heart on your sleeve, you prevent drama and mixed signals and silly dating games.
When you wear your heart on your sleeve, you are admitting your feelings matter. You matter.