“When you love someone, you protect them from pain. You don’t become the cause of it.”
You were right to want the person you loved to care for you, and protect you from harm.
That is the very essence of love.
You trust them because you think they are trustworthy.
You think they are safe.
You think you matter to them.
You think your well-being matters to them.
Your emotional, mental and physical health.
You think they care about you in the same way you care about them.
Real genuine love is gentle and kind.
It is loyal.
It doesn’t injure.
It doesn’t destroy.
It doesn’t gaslight.
It doesn’t deceive.
So weep for yourself, and weep for your wounds
And weep for the trust that was trashed and betrayed.
Let the grief you express be the start of your healing.
This is the way you must love yourself.
You must deeply and tenderly love yourself.