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There's no guard for love. When people say "I give up on love..." That's some bullshit. When it gets you... it's got you!
What matters to me and what matters to someone else needn't be aligned to accomplish the same goal. I've "allowed" people in purposeful opposition of my being close enough to stab me for the sake of a bigger and shared vision. I'll take a few hits, hurts and bruises for love, growth and completion.