People who are hurting are the ones who hurt others. Happy people don’t do that, and as much as I know that, it gets tiresome to encounter people who seem to have no empathy for anyone else. Being open and vulnerable, working to connect with people the way that you do, means you open yourself up to the cuts and scorn of others. And, from my perspective (and I suspect yours too) that’s still a preferable way to live than to be shut down and armored against the world, although it doesn’t mean that it’s an easy path.

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