There’s a beauty and sadness to the girl who’s brave enough to love deeply. The beauty is that there was probably someone in her past who she believed in more than anyone. The sadness is that the same person probably tainted her a bit.

But the beautifully broken girl wears scars with utmost pride:

1. She knows extreme happiness.

She knows what it’s like to wake up every day excited and looking forward to the day ahead. She knows what it’s like to look at someone and see perfection, beauty and all that is right in the eyes of another.

2. Only because she’s seen extreme sadness.

She’s seen her reflection with mascara running eyes. She’s seen someone she doesn’t recognize. She knows what it’s like to hit rock bottom.

3. She knows how strong she is.

If there is one thing she takes most pride in, it’s her strength and her ability to get through something. Even on her worst days, she knows that she’s capable of overcoming everything.

4. Only because she was left to pick up the pieces of her heart.

She knows what it’s like to live life completely numb and go through the motions.

5. She knows her worth, because someone treated her like she was worthless.

She knows what she has to offer. And she won’t settle for average. Someone may have gotten away with not treating her well in the past. He set the template for something that’ll never happen again.

6. She may be guarded, but she still believes in love.

She’ll protect her heart because she once gave it away too quickly and too easily. Deep down in her guarded heart, she knows there’s beauty to love.

7. She may not give you her whole heart right away.

If she’s learned anything, it’s to be selective with matters of the heart. She won’t give you her heart in whole pieces, but rather, she’ll give you piece by piece over time.

8. She won’t be afraid to tell you her story.

There’s a past to the beautifully broken that has made her exactly who she is. When she does tell you, just listen. When the tears stream down her face, she’ll look at you and you’ll see her in her most honest moment. It’s your job to wipe the tears and just hold her.

9. She won’t be afraid to love you…

She’s just afraid you won’t love her back.

Written by Kirsten Corley. For more of Kirsten’s work, follow her Facebook fan page.