Before we get more serious in our relationship, I feel like I should let you know right up front that I'm emotionally damaged. Actually, it's more likely that I'm broken beyond repair. Someone before you destroyed me because they pretended to love me.
They did everything in their power to make me fall...but they had no intention of ever catching me. They set me up to fall head-over-heels for them, all the while knowing that they'd never return the affection. It was cruel, it was effective, and it shattered me.
Because of them, I'm ruined. I second-guess everything because I don't trust anything. I don't know how to believe anyone anymore. My ability to allow myself to be cared about and/or loved is completely altered. Whatever self-love I had before is gone now.
However, somehow, my ability to love isn't.
Even after everything I've been through, I still know how to care. I still fall fast. I can still love, and I'll love deep... But most of all, because of the way I've been hurt, I can promise to never intentionally hurt you.
I can make that promise because I know exactly how it feels, and I know you deserve so much more than that. I can make that promise because even though it's difficult for me to believe that someone could actually care for me, the fact that you try to show me my worth means more than you could ever know.
The fact that you keep me smiling and make me feel like it's actually a possibility to be happy and trust someone, that it's a real possibility to genuinely believe that someone actually cares about me... that's why I can make that promise.
I can make that promise because you deserve it. You deserve it so much.
I may be damaged... but I promise to never damage you.