Leaving

We’ve become so good at leaving.

We’ve become so good at quick exits and silent goodbyes.

We’ve been taught how to replace people not how to keep them.

We’ve been taught how to walk away not how to stay.

And I’m tired of it. I’m tired of people not sticking around. I’m tired of people not waiting a little longer. I’m tired of people taking hearts so lightly. I’m tired of people forgetting that we’re all human after all.

We’ve become so addicted to the chase, to hustling, to the next best thing, to the bigger house, to the nicer car, to the next destination, to the next big purchase but we’ve forgotten about our next home. Our next family. Our next forever. Our heart.

We’ve forgotten that sometimes we’ll face really hard things in life that we just can’t face on our own, we’ve forgotten that strength does not mean we don’t ask for help or a hand to hold, we’ve forgotten that no matter how independent we want to be, we still need people, we still need love, we still need someone to lean on when things get rough.

We’ve forgotten that we need to stick around more often. That we need to be more tolerant. That we need to be more patient.

We’ve forgotten that love takes time.

We’ve forgotten that the basic and simplest first step to finding love is staying.

But we don’t stick around anymore, we move on to the next, hoping that we’ll find something worth staying for. Hoping for something better.

The truth is — sometimes you will never find what you’re looking for if you don’t stop for a little while and dissect it; the hidden parts, the dark sides and the scars that are rooted deep inside. This is how you see someone’s real beauty, this is how you see someone’s real soul. This is how you fall in love, real love, honest love, but first — you have to stay. You have to stay.

-@ranianaim (via @thoughtcatalog // instagram)

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