Love


Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build all these defences, you build up a whole suit of armour, so that nothing can hurt you, then a stupid person, no different than any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, life kiss you or smile at you, and the your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like “maybe we should be just friends” turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.

by Neil Gaiman, the author of the graphic novel The Sandman.

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