"Paradise was made for tender hearts;
hell, for loveless hearts."
Part of this life is experiencing pain and heart break, but have you ever reached a point where you just want to shut everything off for awhile? When I was a child, I suppose I would have what you call a tender heart; children more often possess this characteristic than adults. I was not afraid to cry, happy to help other people and quick to love. Over the years I slowly started to harden; I was ready to assume the worst in others and cried only a few times a year. I was gradually becoming less emotionally connected to the world and people around me. I don't know if I even completely realized that I had become less selfless and more indifferent. After about two years, (not bad years, just no major highs or lows) I realized I was craving something more. (Continue reading below...)
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I was craving life, including the highs and lows that came with it. Instead of progress, I was stuck in the middle of what felt like a monotone lesson from a professor on single celled organisms (basically, my life was boring). I needed to open myself up to feel more connected again, I needed to be open to the possible disappointments and pain life can bring so that I could again experience the wonderful highs life has to offer too! I decided to start being more trusting, spontaneous and go for goals I previous thought out of reach. Since then, I have experienced failures, disappointments and frustration; however, I've also been able to help and love others more as well as feel more gratitude for life. Paradise is having a tender heart and being open to life. After all, paradise is all about living.