I’ve been truly hurt only twice before. And almost a decade apart.
The first time was out of my control. The second, because I had no control over myself.
The first, because I didn’t fight for what I wanted; I was young and weak. The second, because what I wanted was no match for my overgrown ego.
Two feelings felt at opposite ends of a decade. Entirely different situations, but still entirely alike.
Not much has changed after all — even with age, even with time.
Because the reality is: superficial changes aside, the core stays the same.
The hurt can subside, but the scars of such pain will always remain.