Strength comes in all shapes and sizes and yours my dear, is in the shape of a heart as big as the horizon. It's limitless, everlasting and bursting with colors so bright and beautiful that it takes my breath away, it always has. You put everyone before you, effortlessly, and will stop at nothing until all of their dreams have come true; our dreams matter to you, its as simple as that. You are a shoulder to cry on, a shoulder to lean on, and a shoulder to tug on. You bring light into every room you walk in, and remind those who so often forget that there are things in this world worth fighting for, worth hurting for. But I can't help but fear this hurt might take its toll on you. What they say is actually true: there is only so long a person can be strong before they collapse, grasping for a breath of fresh air.
The bottom is a cold, hard place to collapse. I know, I have been there. But it also where I was able to learn this: Strength is always evolving, changing its shape and form; manifesting into exactly what we need at the exact moment we need it. Our shield in this world is sometimes smarter than we are, always one step ahead of us. It's only when we are deflated and collapsed that we are able to see it's metamorphosis right before our eyes.
So let go, my dear. Collapse into that hard, cold place and let go of that heart shaped shield for the first time. You will find your strength in a new form, I promise. What shape it will take on, only you will know this. It might come suddenly, all at once, hitting you smack in the face. Or it might take some time, slowly rising to the surface as a sweet sweet fresh start. Whatever it is and whenever it comes, it will be yours and it will be exactly what you need. Don't be afraid of living your life in a new way, with a new form of strength. Your heart will always be big and beautiful, and your love for others will never fade. The only difference? You will no longer be loving so hard that it hurts, but be loving what matters most in this world to love... yourself.