My goal is to remain vulnerable and open through my life. It is not always easy – or maybe it’s never easy – but it is my goal. However, with age, I am beginning to realize that in some situations it is important to not necessarily go back to the circumstances that caused me pain. So please know that I am quick to forgive, but that does not mean that I will be returning to be beat up again. I used to think that I owed it to people to give them another chance – and then maybe another one after that. Now I realize that I owe it to myself to move on when people mistreat me. I am not mad; I am not holding onto a grudge. I was hurt, and I do not want to be hurt again.