It’s hard to unlearn what I have learned.
That love is coupled with pain.
That each smile is chained with tears.
That hope is trussed with sacrifice.
That trust is tethered with betrayal.
That freedom is restrained with slavery.
That when two hearts are joined together, they are made so to break apart.
I love in order to smile, to hope, to trust, to be free
…and to humanely feel pain, cry, sacrifice, to be betrayed, to submit and be broken.
After all, all these make us who we are.
—  J. Bolen, What Makes Us Human