This list request is so beautiful and personal and perfect and is more poignantly received than you know.
  1. Sweet Dani sent me this request a long while ago, but I saved it for months waiting on this day, National Purple Heart Day.
  2. 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.
  3. But that isn't the whole of it.
  4. 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.
  5. Even when the odds are against them,
  6. Even when their friends tell them they aren't seeing things clearly,
  7. Even when they long to save themselves from the misery by giving up—
  8. They persist
  9. And in that persistence are wounded, sometimes beyond repair.
  10. The reason I hold the purple heart so dear is that, to me, it is a symbol of what it is love truly encapsulates.
  11. It can be painful, beautiful, infuriating, devastating, terrifying, overwhelming, joyous, all at the same time.
  12. But at the end of the day, if you believe in what it is you feel for someone—
    Be it lover, friend, family, pet, or anything else—
  13. Those torturous injuries incurred in pursuit of obtaining or maintaining that love are, in your eyes, entirely worth the pain.
  14. 💜💜💜