Not a day goes by when Ria does not feel let down by her partner, one way or the other. She has now settled on buying time before deciding whether to leave him or stay.
“Don’t let emotions rule you today”—her head chides her, as she begins her day. The eyes, though, have that distant look that speaks her heart.
Not one to hurl abuses or retaliate, she fights a silent battle to be her authentic self—soft, gentle and kind. Her journal holds her pain. Her doodles portray her anguish.
Hatred and anger tap on her door every morning, but she shuts the door tight, not letting them in. On her bedside, lies a scribble, that acts as a constant reminder:
Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.