One fish asks another fish, “How’s the water?” The other fish answers, “What the heck is water?” In the same way, since it was all I knew, I could not understand that I possessed an orphan mentality. And even if I could understand it, I would not have been able to see anything wrong with it. The truth is, street smarts are for the street, but in loving relationships they can be destructive. The brick walls around my heart were meant to keep bad things out, but when pure love asked to come in, the walls turned from protective to thieving. My “street smarts” turned into my own self-made prison that would keep true love out.
— Lacey Sturm