I thought my life of loneliness
was meant to hurt me,
but all this time
you were protecting me.

You kept me away from situations
I could not overcome
by equipping me
with shyness.

What I believed was a barrier
was actually a blessing
because it preserved my heart
from too much damage.

So now I can face the world
with the knowledge
that being sheltered
guarded me from unnecessary pain.

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