Do they see that the girl who wants to take care of everyone around her, longs to be taken care of herself?
Do they see that the girl who is so strong and resilient, has a sensitive heart that breaks far too quickly and easily?
Do they see that the girl who’s a social clown, full of energy and spirit and longs for connection, is actually terrified of being with others and of getting too close?
Do they see that the girl who pretends something isn’t affecting or hurting her, is really falling apart deep down inside?
Do they see that the girl who longs to feel like she matters, feels insignificant and forgotten so often?
They can’t see it, because she doesn’t let them. But most of all, they don’t see it because they don’t take the time to connect with her. They don’t ask her how she feels, what she thinks, what she wants. She can’t let down her guard. When she does, they just don’t understand, they don’t even try to. They don’t know how much courage it takes for her to try to open up, only to have them shut her down.
But maybe, just maybe, one day they will see her.