A Soft Heart Is Hard (But Worth It)

By: Ryan Nicole Roberts, Guest Blogger

Compassion is hard. Living a life full of sympathy and empathy and caring deeply about every little thing is hard. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I crave deep connection and I express myself through art of all kinds. It is through said art that I feel the most passionate and in turn the most aggressively compassionate.

But feelings on that kind of level can be overwhelming.  

We live in a society where we are more connected than ever before, but in such a different way. For those creative types, the internet is a way for us to share our expression and connect with others around the world who appreciate our art. But on the other hand, we are less connected than we have ever been. We don’t express ourselves as easily. We find it strange to share our feelings, thoughts and emotions.

But compassion is good.

Compassion is vulnerable. And vulnerability is beautiful—real.


One of the things that we talked about a lot at the I AM THAT GIRL retreat was how important it is to be authentic. When I was there, I promised myself that I would practice authenticity in every single aspect of my life and in turn have discovered that I am often overwhelmed with compassion. When you open your heart to the world you put yourself at risk for criticism and heartbreak, but you also give the world a chance to truly see you, to love you.

Do what you love. Do the things that makes your soul happy. Share your compassion with the world and feed the fires that ignite your passion. Grow strong enough to love the world and share your vulnerability whenever you possibly can.

“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.”—Katherine Henson

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About Ryan

ryan.jpgRyan has completed her Marketing BBA and Political Science AA and currently works as a graphic designer. Her passion tends to consume her, she writes too much, and she loves hip hop.







image via Helen Green Photography




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  • commented 2015-01-19 03:57:24 -0800
    I love everything! I love, love. I love dreaming, nature, passion, art, romance, the universe, big juicy hearts, kind eyes, the kindness of strangers and writing. All of these things helps me with being a special needs mom of two. I write poetry and articles on my blog to help me and others also.
  • commented 2015-01-18 15:55:38 -0800
    To It’s LaLa, Lovelies! , Maybe you are a connoisseur of life :-)
    Try it all, a taste of everything, observing and experiencing. .
    Sign up for free classes, try a paint class, a tai chi morning, wine tasting, go to an art gallery, a museum, vintage car shows, hangout at a dog beach, anything and everything :-)
    You don’t need to be pigeon holed into just one thing.. Breathe it all in and love the colours of life :-*

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