This list request is so beautiful and personal and perfect and is more poignantly received than you know.
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    Sweet Dani sent me this request a long while ago, but I saved it for months waiting on this day, National Purple Heart Day.
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    This military recognition is likely what many people think of when they hear Purple Heart, and that plays into why I love them so dearly.
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    But that isn't the whole of it.
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    The thing about the Purple Heart award is that it is bestowed upon those who are injured while fighting in the name of something they fervently believe in.
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    Even when the odds are against them,
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    Even when their friends tell them they aren't seeing things clearly,
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    Even when they long to save themselves from the misery by giving upβ€”
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    They persist
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    And in that persistence are wounded, sometimes beyond repair.
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    The reason I hold the purple heart so dear is that, to me, it is a symbol of what it is love truly encapsulates.
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    It can be painful, beautiful, infuriating, devastating, terrifying, overwhelming, joyous, all at the same time.
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    But at the end of the day, if you believe in what it is you feel for someoneβ€”
    Be it lover, friend, family, pet, or anything elseβ€”
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    Those torturous injuries incurred in pursuit of obtaining or maintaining that love are, in your eyes, entirely worth the pain.
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