Leading with your heart is never easy, but it’s always worth it.
My Mom told me that she always worried about my heart getting broken when I was little, because I wore it on my sleeve. I think both my parents were concerned about that and tried to, from a place of love, toughen me up so that I’d be better prepared to deal with the real world. The problem was, those efforts made me question what I really felt, and ultimately, made me think something was wrong with me, because I felt so much MORE than others.
And I get it, because now I’m a Mom to a 6 year old who also wears his heart on his sleeve. It’s difficult, and often heartbreaking to watch him navigate life with his big feelings, the way I did. I want to rush in and try to protect him, and at times, “toughen” him up too.