We are so much defined by those that we choose to form meaningful relationships with, that in certain ways, from the day we decided to invest ourselves, we are never the same. When two lives collide and become intertwined, no action, no decision, and no subconscious thought of ours is really ever the same. We need to allow ourselves to be affected. When our conscious is shaken and we are no longer who we used to be, we have let others change us. This isn’t bad—in order to survive, rather, in order to thrive, we need to be shaken up a little bit. We need to be challenged to be changed. When you invest yourself in others and let them invest in you, you are not changed in a direction away from who you think you are. Rather, you are changed in a direction closer to and towards who you really are. When and where we invest love, our hearts our broken open and allow new light to be let in, never giving us the option of going back.