Hard to be soft, tough to be tender.


The world is so quiet tonight. Turning on your favorite night light, your mama tucks you in bed with a big warm blanket. Your little hand is wrapped around her finger, and she starts reading you bedtime story. “Once upon a time…” Your little eyelids starts to flutter, because you are falling asleep and starts dreaming. Every night seems wonderful and peaceful, there are sweet dreams full of candies and laughter.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough… You start missing the days when you were a little kid full of innocence. Your parents won’t let nobody hurt you, won’t let no one break your heart, and no one will desert you.

By the time you gradually grow up, you start to experience lost of lives, broke ups, betrayal… You experienced the loudest silence of heartbreaking ever in your life. In the meantime, you seek for comforts from close friends. Despite you may feel a bit better afterwards, eventually, you realize the one who truly understand you is still you.


Don’t get me wrong. I believe someday, somewhere, at some point in our lives we will meet our beloved ones who will handle your worst and deserve you at your best. It just takes time and patience.

However, lives are full of ups and downs before you come to an happy ending. Before meeting your Mr. Right, you try your best to become a better person. Many people have tried to do good for others, believing that what goes around comes around. You may have given more than taken, thus being good unconditionally without asking for returns.

Until one day, people around you think you are soft enough to be controlled. They start to take advantages from you. You start to think, the world is ruled only by consideration of advantages. People whom you have known for many years seem to become strangers in one night. You wish you would never grow up in this city, and everything could back to simple.


Everything seems screwed up when you realize your effort are not appreciated by people around you. But my dear, don’t be afraid. Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst. Be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything. Be that independent girl who didn’t need a man. Be the girl who never backed down.

I know what it’s like to feel alone, and like no one is there. I know what it feels like to just have one person tell you, “I’ve got your back no matter what.” Be true to the one who truly loves and care for you. Don’t choose the one who is beautiful to the world. But rather, choose the one who makes your world beautiful.

Remember, what goes around comes around.

Love xoxo,
Ange Gardien


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