What they don’t tell you about following your heart

11c85a77b94b0eaadb4603e0d9b8474bIt seems to come up every now and then.

Follow your heart.

I always thought that meant something magical, it sounds like that, doesn’t it?

Let me tell you what they don’t tell you about following your heart.

If you follow your heart you may land yourself with a hairdo that makes you look like a witch.

If you follow your heart you may end up staying in love with someone so toxic, that you will never be able to extort their venom from your system.

If you follow your heart you may wind up doing the rebound thing, and never being able to look back at a whole year of your life because it will make you want to hurl over in disgust.

If you follow your heart you will break hearts.

If you follow your heart you may cheat. In tests, in applications, in relations.

If you follow your heart you will begin a lot of things thinking you can do it, that you want to do it, and realize half way through that you don’t.

If you follow your heart you may shift out of your city, only to be back in four days.

If you follow your heart you may drop out of schools, more than once.

If you follow your heart you may take a shot at the same fellowship, despite being rejected, more than once.

If you follow your heart you will fight with people you love, very, very badly.

If you follow your heart you may lose people you love.

If you follow your heart you will break your heart.

If you follow your heart you may not practice what you always preach.

If you follow your heart you may spend years, following, just wandering.

If you follow your heart you will be judged. By a lot of people.

If you follow your heart you will take decisions at the drop of a hat that may not always work in your favour.

If you follow your heart you won’t always be following logic, reason or even the law.

If you follow your heart you won’t always end the day with a big smile on your face.

Following your heart does not mean that you will not look back at some of the things you decided to do and realize that they were mistakes. You will, there will be mistakes. There will be pain. All you will have to show for yourself will be the fact that you followed your heart, and believe me because you should, most times that won’t be much to accredit yourself with.

Following your heart doesn’t always mean a happy path, it may not mean a happy ending, I don’t know about that one.

Sometimes people will call you brave, they will say you inspire them. Sometimes people will call you foolish and impulsive, they will say you have no sense of direction. You will notice often that it will be the same people who say both.

A heart is not an internal compass, it is an organ that pumps blood.

You could follow it, but remember it is no more or less noble than any other path.

Following your heart can mean everything, or absofrekinlutely nothing, depending on what you let it mean to yourself.

So the next time someone tells you to follow your heart, well, I’m just sayin’….

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